April 22, 2012
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Ten women's golf teams, four ranked among the top 55 nationally, are set to tee off Monday morning as the 2012 Conference USA Women's Golf Championship gets underway at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
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The championship consists of 54 holes on a par 72, 6,246-yard course spanning three days, with the winning team receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. This is the second straight year that the tournament has been hosted at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
After a blind draw, it was determined that Marshall and Tulane would begin Monday on the first hole at 7:30 a.m. Tulane currently is ranked No. 33 by Golfweek - the highest ranking for a C-USA team - and was the third-place finisher at last year's championship after winning the previous two league titles. Marshall boasts a team championship and three top-five finishes during tournament action this season.
UCF and UAB also will tee off at 7:30 a.m. from the No. 10 hole. The Knights are one of three C-USA teams ranked among the nation's top 40 at No. 36 and have claimed two tournament championships, a runner-up finish and two other top-five showings this season. UAB has placed in the top three of three separate events this year.
Teeing off at 8:20 a.m. from hole No. 1 are East Carolina, UTEP and Memphis. The Pirates own a pair of tournament titles this season and enter the championship ranked 53rd in the nation by Golfweek. UTEP is the defending tournament champion and is led by returning medalist Teresa Nogues. Memphis is one of five C-USA teams ranked in the top 100 teams in the country by Golfweek and grabbed the tournament championship at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club earlier this season.
SMU, Southern Miss and Tulsa will begin from hole No. 10 at 8:20 a.m. The Mustangs have a team title and a runner-up finish on their record this season, while Southern Miss has claimed three second place results this year. Last season's C-USA runner up, Tulsa, is ranked No. 39 by Golfweek and is paced by the league's top-rated individual, No. 33 Kristina Merkle.
Action is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. each day of the Championship. Live scoring of this year's C-USA Women's Golf Championship will be provided by Golfstat and can be accessed here.