The Wolves will host four other full teams and a pair of three-player teams that will compete as individuals in the two-day, 36-hole tournament, teeing off at 9 a.m.
UWG coach Barry Harwell believes North Carolina-Pembroke is the team to beat, as Lincoln Memorial, Montevallo and the hosts will compete for the team title, which Columbus State and University of Virginia’s College at Wise sending three players each. The top player coming in is Pembroke’s Meghan Moore.
“It’s a little shorter group than we had last year. We had eight full teams last year, so we didn’t quite get as many. I don’t know if the weather’s had something to do with it or what, but we’re still going to have it. We’re going to host an event every year out at Sunset Hills. It’s nice to get to play in Carrollton at your home course,” Harwell said.
As for the weather the forecast for Monday is rain. If Monday’s action has to be stopped due to the weather, the teams will complete the first round before starting the second round on Tuesday. Rain and more cold wouldn’t be ideal for golf, but so far this season there hasn’t been good golfing weather.
“You really can’t do to much for the golf course, you just have to make sure that the girls are prepared for the weather. We’ve had quite a bit of rain and quite a bit of cold this entire season. Even playing in Florida, we just haven’t had a lot of great weather. That’s kind of something we’re getting used to, but hopefully we can get a break and have a couple days of decent weather. The girls are prepared to play in the rain. They’ve done that before. It just makes it harder to keep your clubs dry and stuff like that,” Harwell said.
The top four players for UWG all come in as transfers, led by Jerrah Baker from North Carolina State and Jamie Jordan from West Florida, along with Nicolette Boissonneau (Coastal Georgia) and Taylor Casebere (Alabama-Birmingham) to go with freshman Kate Alty.
“We’re still young. The team’s mostly made up from transfers from other colleges. We just haven’t had the team depth that we need. Our four top girls are all transfers,” Harwell said. “We’ve just got to get some more people on the team.”
The group Harwell has this year is already showing improvements over last season. This spring the Wolves finished 14th at the Kiawah Island Invitational and then ninth at the Armstrong Pirate Invitational, while they were unable to finish as a team in Savannah.
“We’ve improved last year over our scoring average. I think our team average for the year was around 340, somewhere in that range. This year we’re around 324, so we’ve made some big improvements, as far as our team score. Jerrah is still our top player. Her and Jamie are the best two players we’ve had this year,” Harwell said. “We’re just trying to get more competitive in our region. We’ve dropped 15 to 20 shots over last year’s team score per day. We played better in the fall than we have in the spring. We’ve just got to keep working on it.”