WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s golf team tees off on Friday, April 21 in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship as the Hoyas seek their first-ever league title. The 2017 BIG EAST Championship, which features 54 holes over three days, will be held from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 at Callawassie Island, S.C.
Teams will tee off at 8 a.m. ET each day, playing on the Dogwood and Magnolia Courses, which are free and open to the public. The winner of the BIG EAST Championship will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
Friday’s threesomes among the six BIG EAST schools will be determined by team and player seedings, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s groupings are assembled from the previous day’s leaderboard.
Under the direction of sixth-year Head Coach Katie Brophy, the Hoyas are aiming to win their first BIG EAST Championship. Georgetown has finished as the runner-up to Seton Hall in each of the last three years, but the Blue & Gray enter this year’s championship as the top team seed by Golfstat. The remainder of the team seeds are St. John’s, Seton Hall, Xavier, Butler and Creighton.
The Hoyas lineup this weekend will include four All-BIG EAST selections, including junior captain Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./Taft), along with sophomores Christina Parsells (Bernardsville, N.J./Kent Place) and Alexa Popowitz (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew’s) and freshman Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish, Wash./Sammamish). Eleey, Parsells and Popowitz earned first team honors, while Fitzgibbons was a second team pick.
Last year, Georgetown posted an 83-over par 947 and were 12 shots off the pace of Seton Hall. Popowitz posted an 18-over par 234 to finish in seventh place and was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Two years ago, Eleey won the BIG EAST individual title with a 7-over par 223 and was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. The Hoyas lost the league title by one shot.
Eleey, a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, is third on the team in stroke average at 75.70 and has three top-5 finishes and four among the top-20 this year. Parsells, a two-time All-BIG EAST selection, is second on the team with a 75.18 stroke average and has four top-10 finishes in six tournaments.
Popowitz is the highest-ranked player by the Golfstat Player Head-to-Head Rankings going into this weekend’s BIG EAST Championship. Popowitz, who has seven top-20 finishes this year and is coming off a win at the Hoya Invitational, leads the team with a 75.12 stroke average.
Fitzgibbons has appeared in all 10 tournaments this year and is tied with Popowitz for the team lead in rounds played (26). She carries a 76.73 stroke average and has two top-10 finishes and three among the top-20. Rounding out the Georgetown lineup for the Championship is junior Lauren Gros (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep), who posted a 78.22 average in nine rounds this year.