April 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's golf team played a practice round on Wednesday in advance of the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament, which begins play on Thursday, April 17 at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Tournament play begins on Thursday and the 54-hole tournament concludes on Saturday, April 19.
"I'm really looking forward to this week of competition," Head Coach Katie Brophy said. "After three seasons at Georgetown, I am very proud of this team and what we have accomplished thus far. The BIG EAST Conference Championship is a special event for me as I participated in it four times as a student-athlete. Although the conference has undergone changes in its membership, it remains to be one that emphasizes the whole 'student-athlete' experience.
"Students are called to excellence in the classroom and on the field at elite academic institutions. It's exciting for me to come back to Daytona as LPGA International played host to the NCAA Championship that my Indiana University team qualified for in 2007 during my first year as an assistant coach. The course provides the ultimate test, and having the opportunity to tee it up at the home of women's golf in the United States is wonderful for developing golfers. I have many great memories from that trip as I'm sure I will have from this one."
Sophomore Patricia Lee (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch) will lead the Hoyas this weekend, playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Lee, who posted a season-best ninth place finish at the Lehigh Invitational, has posted a 78.75 stroke average this spring. "Patricia has proven to be a force all year," Brophy said. "She has shown her grit and determination in the last three events in particular, and I'm confident that she can play well on any given day."
Sophomore Mackenzie Boydston (Keller, Texas/Nolan Catholic) has three top-20 finishes and four among the top-30 while carrying a 77.48 stroke average in 21 rounds this year. "Mackenzie has been consistently one of our best players all year," Brophy said. "She is a fierce competitor and loves to win. During the event last week at the University of Georgia, she showed her tenacity in two intense matches against some of the best players in the country."
Senior Alice Choi (Whitestone, N.Y./Bayside) will also be a part of the Hoyas five-player lineup. Choi has appeared in four tournaments this year, posting a season-best 22nd place finish at the William & Mary Invitational, but has posted two career top-20 finishes at the BIG EAST Championship. "Alice has been a steady force for our program throughout her career," Brophy said. "It's her third BIG EAST Conference Championship, and I expect great things here and beyond for Alice's golfing career."
The lineup this weekend will also include sophomore Liz DiVincentis (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Regional) and freshman Jenny Xiao (Foshan, China/Foshan No. 2 Middle School). DiVincentis has three top-20 finishes this year and four among the top-30 while carrying a 78.57 stroke average.
"Liz is coming off a solid tournament in Georgia," Brophy said. "She almost always counts for us and as shown by her 71 at Michigan State's Central District Invitational last year, has the potential to go low for our team. Jenny has played in every event this year and has been a solid part of our lineup. She shot 72 in California this fall and has the potential to put together some great rounds."