PREVIEW: @UTTylerWGolf set for ASC Championship

Sunday, April 9, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s golf team has won seven tournaments this season and will compete for its fourth straight American Southwest Conference Championship title on Monday and Tuesday at the Oakmont Country Club in Corinth.

The Patriots will be represented this week by Morgan Loth, Stephanie Tutt, Amy Cox, Taylor Denton and Katelyn Hicken. Loth is the defending ASC Champion and has recorded six top-10 finishes this season, including finishing as the runner-up at the D3 West Region Invitational last week in Georgetown. Tutt is a returning all-America who finished fifth at the NCAA DIII Championship last season and has five top-5 finishes this season. Tutt is coming off a fourth place showing at the D3 West Region after finishing first at the George Fox Invitational.

Cox has finished in the top-10 of three of four spring tournaments and is coming off a fifth-place result, while Denton earned third at the D3 West Region for her top finish of the spring season. Loth, Tutt, Cox and Denton are all returners, while Hicken will be playing in her first ASC Championship. Hicken finished third at the George Fox Invite and took seventh at the D3 West Region Invite.

The ASC Championship is a two-day, 36-hole tournament on the par-72 course. The Patriots will be competing against UC Santa Cruz, Concordia, Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne, LeTourneau, Louisiana College, Mary Hardin-Baylor and UT Dallas. The tournament’s winner earns the ASC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship which will be hosted in Houston. UT Tyler has won four ASC Championships in program history and was the 2016 NCAA DIII Championship runner-up.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with a shot gun start.

QUOTES

Stephanie Tutt

“I am confident in my team and in my own game that we can go into this conference tournament and be able to get through to Nationals if we all come out and bring our game and play the way we know how to play. Our biggest strength is that all of us can go low and even when we have a bad day the scores are never too high to put us out of the running. We know that even if we are not necessarily leading at the end of the first day that we can come back and take the lead by the end of the second day.”

“The team is playing with a lot of confidence because all of the teams we will see at this tournament are teams that we have seen in the past and have beaten in the past, so we know that we have what it takes to win. This helps because we are confident in our game and we know we have what it takes, we just have to bring our game we know how to play.”

“We will win the ASC Conference Championship if we swing the way we know how to swing and keep our mental game strong even though the tough holes.” 

Katelyn Hicken

“We're feeling pretty good about the upcoming conference tournament. We're on a streak right now coming off the wins at National Preview, George Fox's tournament and the West Region Invitational so we're playing well right now. Personally, my biggest strength right now is confidence. My ballstriking has improved dramatically since I've been here and that's manifested in my scores so that helps me not feel as nervous going into tournaments knowing that I'm starting to score lower. My biggest weakness has got to be my knee injury. As of right now I'm playing with a torn meniscus and ACL in my right knee so I just need to keep taking care of it as much as I can and keep not letting it affect my game.”

“We're going into conference with a lot of confidence and the expectation to win. Coming off the last few wins, especially National Preview and George Fox, we're feeling really good about how we're playing right now. It helps a lot going into the rounds knowing that our hard work and preparation is going to pay off with a win and that's what we're expecting at Oakmont.” 

“We will win the ASC Championship if we keep working hard, playing smart and doing what we're doing. Get big, make birdies.”