2018-19 Women’s Golf Season in Full Swing
The 2018 Southland runner-up Sugar Bears squad lost All-Conference First Team member Fernanda Lira to graduation but return three-time first team honoree Emma Svensson. The two were both selected for the 2018 NCAA Regionals, marking the first time in program history that the team has sent a pair of individuals to the tournament. The UIW Cardinals fly under the direction of first-year head coach Allison Howarth, who was named to the post this summer after serving as the graduate assistant last season. UCA starts its season at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by New Mexico, while UIW begins its season at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic hosted by Utah Valley. Both tournaments begin Monday. FRISCO, Texas – While two Southland Conference women’s golf teams – Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin got an early start to the 2018-19 season, Central Arkansas and Incarnate Word tee off Monday to start the new year. The remaining four league teams – Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – will take the course the week of Sept. 15. The Southland Conference Championship moves to High Meadows Ranch Country Club in Magnolia, Texas, this season after two years at Woodforest Golf Club. The tournament is set for April 22-24, 2019. The Bearkats and Ladyjacks competed at the Lady Maxwell Cup, hosted by Oral Roberts, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 to open the new year. Sam Houston senior Jenna Phillips shot a final round 70 to win medalist honors by a stroke, leading the team to a second-place finish. SFA placed seventh with senior Erica Lautensack posting a top-10 finish. Joni Stephens enters her first year at the helm for the Islanders. The former ULM head coach takes her team to Yorktown, Ind., for the Ball State Cardinal Classic on Sept. 17-18. HBU, LU and McNeese commence their seasons at the University of South Alabama Intercollegiate on Sept. 15 for a three-day tournament in Mobile, Ala. The Huskies, who are two-time defending Southland champions, return the 2018 individual winner at the 2018 Southland Championship in senior Kaity Cummings and the 2017 victor in senior Lexi Brooks. Elodie Chapelet, a two-time All-Southland First Team selection, heads into her junior season for the Cardinals. The Cowgirls turn to the new year coming off a seventh-place showing at the conference championship.