Women's Golf Travels to the Tropics

Oct. 28, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Spending time in the sand is never a favorable situation for a golfer, but for the Santa Clara women's golf team, a little time on the beach will be in order as the team travels to Hawaii to compete in the Kent Youel Invitational at Kapolei Golf Course Tuesday and Wednesday.

While some R&R will definitely be on the agenda this weekend, the squad will also be looking to make a strong showing in their second tournament of the fall season. Following Megan Stoddart's individual title win in her first tournament as a Santa Clara Bronco two weeks ago at the Bronco Fall Invitational in Boise, the team hopes to build from that success.

"We are going into this event wanting to post some good numbers," said head coach Polly Schulze. "Megan's win in Idaho was great and now we want to back that up with a strong team finish. We have so much talent on the team and it will take four solid scores in the `70s to do well in Hawaii. We've done this in practice and the girls have to keep believing in themselves so that they can perform well in competition."

Along with Stoddart, Corey Utsurogi also carded a couple of strong rounds in Boise, opening strong with a 75 and closing with a 76 to contribute to the team cause. Samantha Trask, Candice Palmer, Hilaire Fouts all showed signs of improved play which can elevate the Broncos to new levels this season, while Eriko Sato, who competed in Idaho as an individual, carded a three-round total of 255 to round out the Santa Clara performance.

"We are looking forward to playing well in Hawaii and then rounding out our Fall season with a possible win at Cal Poly," Schulze added. "The team is just getting their momentum so I am excited for the rest of the year to play out and I anticipate some really great things happening for us."

Tournament action starts Tuesday morning in Hawaii with a shotgun start. Final round action will tee off Wednesday morning from Kapolei.