Oct. 23, 2009
Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's golf team makes the short drive down Interstate 85 to Pendleton, S.C., to play in the Boscobel Invitational hosted by Wofford on Oct. 24-25. The tournament will be the fourth of the fall and the next to last before ending the fall portion of the schedule. Upstate will take to the course as one of seven teams in the tournament on the 6,009-yard, par-72 layout.
Upstate will join six other schools in the tournament along with Anderson, Appalachian State, Gardner-Webb, Mercer, Presbyterian and Wofford. It will mark the second time this season that the Spartans will face a team from the A-Sun with Mercer also in the event.
Recapping The Rutgers Invitational
Jennifer Judge fired a second round 77 to move up 15 spots in the individual standings to tie for 12th in the 18-team, 93-player Rutgers Invitational Oct. 9-10. Judge opened the tournament with an 81 and was tied for 27th entering the final round, but lowered her score by four strokes in the final round to move up 15 spots in the standings. Cheryl Lo also turned in a solid tournament and finished tied for 28th. Upstate entered the final round in 14th place and maintained its position to finish 14th in the tournament. In addition to Judge and Lo, Natalie Buch, Marissa Clontz and Summer Wall represented Upstate in the tournament.
Looking For Consistency From Top To Bottom
As Upstate moves through the fall season and the relative inexperienced group of players gain tournament experience, head coach Todd Lawton and assistant coach Sandy Halkett will look to help the Spartans gain consistency in their scores up and down the lineup. Through the first three tournaments of the season, Upstate has turned in a couple of solid scores in each round, but the Spartans have not been able to put together four or five solid scores throughout each round. Moving forward, that is something Upstate must do to improve its team standing in tournament play.
New Lineup Set To Take To The Course
When Upstate hits the links at the Boscobel Invitational this weekend, the Spartans will utilize their third different lineup of the season. While Jennifer Judge, Cheryl Lo and Natalie Buch have played in all three tournaments and will start at the Boscobel Invitational, the lineup will also feature Marissa Clontz and Johanna Ebenhag. Clontz received the first start of her career at the Rutgers Invitational the last time out, while Ebenhag played in the first two tournaments before sitting out at Rutgers.
Judge Quietly Turning In Solid Season
Jennifer Judge turned in a solid first semester at Upstate last spring and her play in the fall has kept pace. She is the team leader on the course and has turned in rounds under 80 two times in six rounds. She hasn't shot above 82 this season. She owns a 79.5 stroke average for the year with the team's low round with a 74 in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. She has two top 25 individual finishes in three outings, finishing tied for 25th out of 120 players at the Great Smokies and a tie for 12th at the 93-player Rutgers Invitational. For her career, she owns an 80.7 stroke average with a top 10 finish (6th) at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational.
Lo Solid At No. 2 Spot
Transferring to Upstate from Florida International where she played just five competitive rounds, Cheryl Lo may not have known she was going to be a key cog in the Upstate lineup. She has turned out to be just that. She currently ranks second on the Spartans with an 81.3 stroke average and is coming off her top individual performance with a top 30 finish at the Rutgers Invitational. She has shot five rounds of 83 or better and has shot in the 70's twice on the year. Her hold on the No. 2 spot in the lineup is strong and is a steadying force for Upstate.
Halkett A Steadying Hand
The women's golf program and head coach Todd Lawton have received a boost in the last year with the addition of assistant women's golf coach Sandy Halkett making the rounds on the course. Halkett is an LPGA teaching professional at Eagle Zone Golf Center in Greenville. Her presence on the team has helped the Spartans with course management and technique while giving Lawton a much-needed extra person to help run the program.