October 5, 2013

Spartans Hit the Links at CSU Wendy's Invitational

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Spartanburg, S.C. – After not playing for nearly a month, the USC Upstate women's golf team will return to the course Monday when it opens play at the CSU Wendy's Invitational at the Rivertowne Country Club in Charleston, S.C.

Charleston Southern is hosting the CSU Wendy's Invitational. The tournament is a 54-hole event with 36 holes being played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Rivertowne will play at 6,100 yards and is a par-72 layout.

Upstate is one of 12 teams in the tournament which features a strong contingent of schools from the Palmetto State. Eight of the 12 teams in the tournament hail from South Carolina. In addition to Upstate and host Charleston Southern, the field consists of The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, Tennessee Tech, Towson, USC Beaufort and Wofford.

Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the same lineup he has used in the previous two tournaments this week for the CSU Wendy's Invitational. Suiting up for the Spartans are Allea Hawkins, Rachel Reiling, Brittany Lowe, Amanda Hall and Malika Allie. The lineup has turned in three of five tournaments rounds under 320 and owns a 316 average per round.

Freshman Allea Hawkins has made a huge splash in the first two tournaments of her career. She is not only tied for the team lead with a 78.8 scoring average, she made program history after making two holes-in-one in back-to-back tournaments. She is the first Upstate golfer, female or male, to make more than one hole-in-one in her playing career at Upstate. While she has garnered tremendous attention, junior Rachel Reiling has gotten off to a strong start as well, tying Hawkins for the team lead with a 78.8 scoring average.

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