WASHINGTON - To say that Georgetown Head Women's Golf Coach Katie Brophy is excited for the coming season would be an understatement. The second-year head coach and the Hoyas get their chance this weekend when they begin play in the Golfweek Program Challenge in Pawleys Island, S.C.
The Hoyas will play a practice round on Saturday before the tournament starts on Sunday, Sept. 9. The 12-team field includes Western Carolina, Boston College, Campbell, Jacksonville State, Northern Iowa, UMKC, Stetson, Troy, James Madison, Central Arkansas and Austin Peay.
The Golfweek Program Challenge is a unique event, bringing together the men's and women's teams from both programs to compete for a tournament championship in their independent 54-hole events. The men's and women's final scores will be combined to crown an overall event champion.
"I'm excited after seeing how our upperclassmen have welcomed our younger players into the Hoya family and to see what we have as a group and how talented we are," Brophy said. "I think we can surprise some people."
Georgetown's lineup this weekend will be led by senior co-captain Katie Skinner (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) and junior Alice Choi (Whitestone, N.Y./Bayside). Skinner finished third on the team in stroke average at 79.44 last year, with her best finish a tie for 10th place at the Fighting Camel Classic. Choi led the team in stroke average last year at 78.01, with her best finish a third place showing at the Hurricane Invitational.
"Katie came back really strong and won our qualifying," Brophy said. "She has a confidence that is demonstrative of her being captain and I'm really excited for her this season. Alice worked really hard this summer and played a ton of tournaments. I think having the chance to play the courses at Bethpage this summer has her really ready to go.
The lineup will also include Stefanie Soelling (Everett, Wash./Everett) and sophomore transfer Viktoria Lager (Princeton, N.J./West Florida Christian School), a transfer from Oklahoma. Soelling played eight rounds last year, posting an 83.25 stroke average, while Lager transferred to the Hilltop over the summer after spending her freshman year with the 12th-ranked team in the country.
"Stefanie worked really hard to make the lineup and I'm really proud of the work she's put in with her golf swing," Brophy said. "Viktoria comes from a really strong program and there was clearly no fear of hard work and she was surrounded by players with tons of talent so that's something that we have now and we're fortunate to have added to our roster."
Rounding out the lineup will be freshman Patricia Lee (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch). "Patricia played really well in AJGA events and in the Colorado state tournament," Brophy said. "She can take it low and we're looking at her to do that."
The Golfweek Program Challenge, which runs through Tuesday, Sept. 11, is the first of four events this fall for the Hoyas, but Brophy is anxious to see the team play its first live action of the season.
"I think we're going to be a strong group going to the Golfweek Challenge," she said. "I like this lineup and with the other players on our team, we're deep and that's something that can be exciting for the rest of the year."