Jacquelyn Eleey fired a 3-under par 213 to become the first Hoya to shoot under par over 54 holes
The Hoyas will tee off at 8 a.m. on Saturday
A former all-conference selection at Maryland who played professionally for a year and was a volunteer assistant at Georgetown in 2008, Schanuel helped guide the Towson program to consecutive record setting seasons, 15 top-five finishes and four tournament championships since the start of the 2013-14 season.
“We’re very excited to have someone of Kate’s caliber step in to lead our program,” Reed said. “She has helped to guide a young program at Towson and we are confident that she will be a tremendous leader for our program.”
Schanuel, the fourth coach in program history since Georgetown started its women’s golf program in 2001, takes over a team that won the 2017 BIG EAST Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
“I’m very excited to come back to Georgetown,” Schanuel said. “Having spent a year here as an assistant, I understand the quality student-athletes who come here to go to school and to play golf. This is a tremendous program and I’m very eager to lead the Hoyas.”
In 2016-17, the Tigers finished in fifth place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament, capping another strong season under Schanuel’s guidance. Towson dipped below the 300 score for a team round for the first time in program history, not once but four times (295, 297, 298, 298). They established a new low for a 36-hole event, finishing with a 605 at the Towson Invitational during the fall. The team’s 310.3 tournament team average for 27 rounds eclipsed the old record by four strokes. As a team, the Tigers finished with a 79.0 average, rewriting that mark set in 2015-16 at 79.7.
Towson enjoyed a strong 2015-16 season, posting six top-five finishes, including a championship at the Towson Invitational, runner-up showings at the Navy Fall Invitational and the Lady EagleCat Invitational, as well as a third place finish at the Lehigh Invitational. The Tigers opened their year on a positive note at Penn State's Nittany Lion Invitational, shooting a 54-hole school record 915.
The Tiger women's golf team posted some of the best numbers in program history in 2014-15, posting four top-five finishes in five events during the fall and her players finished among the top three individuals in four different events. The Tigers won the 2014 Navy Fall Invitational by firing a 922 (308-307-307) during the 54-hole event. Towson also carded a round of 303, the second best team round in program history, while tying for the team title at the 2014 Towson Invitational, and Krissy Unger shot a school-record 70 at the Kiawah Invitational.
Under Schanuel's leadership, the Tigers also excelled in the classroom, as student-athletes earned Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar honors 11 times.
Schanuel started her coaching career at Towson as an assistant coach before taking over as the women's head coach at the start of the 2011 spring season. In her first event as head coach, Schanuel led the Tigers to a team win at the 2011 Lonnie Barton Memorial Invitational.
A former All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-Academic selection at the University of Maryland, Schanuel graduated in 2007 with a degree in kinesiology. She was the team’s top player as a junior and senior and won three tournaments as a collegian. A team captain, Schanuel led Maryland in scoring average twice, including a 73.6 as a senior. The first female golfer at Maryland to turn pro, she competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. After qualifying school, Schanuel earned exempt status and played in 14 events.
Prior to joining Towson's staff, she was a volunteer assistant at Georgetown (2008-09) and coached the girls' team at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md.