After a disastrous ending to the fall, the Augusta State women’s golf team has bounced back and now controls its postseason destiny.
Coming off their first win of the season, the Lady Jaguars look to continue their momentum. A strong finish this weekend will help the team in its bid of making the Division I Regional in May.
“Everyone’s spirits are really high. Everyone’s confidence is really high,” first-year Lady Jaguars coach Kory Thompson said. “It’s a good feeling going into your home tournament.”
Augusta State plays host to the Insperity Lady Jaguar Invitational, which runs today through Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club. Play begins today at 9:30 a.m., with Kirsty Rands going off the No. 1 tee for the Lady Jaguars.
Purdue is the highest-ranked team in the 14-team field, checking in at No. 31. Augusta State is ranked No. 52, climbing up the rankings after falling 30 spots in November.
In the final fall event, two players were disqualified from The Challenge at Onion Creek after failing to sign their scorecards. The Lady Jaguars would have placed third. Instead, the finish knocked them down to No. 83 in the Golfstat head-to-head poll.
Augusta State then opened the spring season with a fifth-place showing at the UCF Challenge in February.
Two weeks later, the Lady Jaguars claimed their first victory of the year. Now, they’re in position to make the regionals – Thompson said teams ranked in the top 60 usually advance to postseason.
“The girls knew what they needed to do,” Thompson said, “to get back in a good spot to make regionals.”
Augusta State shot 13-over-par 877 to capture the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate by 22 shots over UNC Greensboro.
Christine Duschek-Hansen posted rounds of 72-72-71 to finish second, while Natalie Wille tied for third place, her second top-10 showing in a row.
“It’s been kind of neat seeing the girls this year,” Thompson said. “It’s neat seeing those players start in the three, four and five spot step up. It’s nice to have that kind of depth.”