Sept. 10, 2004
Cougar Classic - LIVE SCORING
OXFORD, Miss. -
The Ole Miss women's golf team will begin its quest for a third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance Monday when it kicks off the 2004-05 season at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C. The annual competition will take place at the Yeaman's Hall Golf Club. Action begins Monday with 36 holes and wraps up Tuesday with a single round.
The Lady Rebels will be part of an 18-team field, which includes three nationally-ranked foes -- No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 22 Furman. Campbell, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Richmond, South Florida and Virginia will also be on hand for the two-day affair.
"We are excited about the upcoming season," fourth-year head coach Meghan Bolger said. "The young women on this team have been working hard in the off-season and I think they're ready to go. The Cougar Classic will be a good early-season test to see where we stand. I think there is a lot of incentive to play well and get off to a good start."
Senior Nikki Hadd is back after posting a 76.45 stroke average and seven Top-20 finishes a season ago. Other returning letterwinners include: senior Lisha Beyer, junior Laura Evans, junior Sarah Kate Cousart and sophomore Katie Davidson. The lone newcomer is freshman Katherine Jones, who prepped at Jackson (Miss.) Academy.
"We only have six golfers in the program this year, so we will need big contributions from each and every individual on the roster," Bolger added.
Ole Miss will have very little rest after the season-opening tournament as it travels to the UA/Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept. 19-21.