ETSU women's golf set to open fall schedule Monday
Junior Maria Ringdahl will join fellow junior Natalia Giraldo as team captains in 2006-07.
Junior Maria Ringdahl will join fellow junior Natalia Giraldo as team captains in 2006-07.

Friday, September 08, 2006


                JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2006) - Coming off a 2005-06 season in which the ETSU women's golf team enjoyed its best-ever conference finish with a second-place showing at the Atlantic Sun Championships, head coach Stefanie Reynolds and the Bucs begin their fall schedule Sept. 11-12 at the Draper Valley Women's Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State in Draper Valley, Va.


            Reynolds, who enters her fifth season at ETSU, faces the challenge of replacing the program's most decorated and successful player, Ashley Barton, who graduated at the end of the 2006 season. The Seffner, Fla., native finished her career with the Bucs by posting a team-best stroke average of 76.22 and ending her career with seven individual season and career records, while also garnering back-to-back, first-team all-conference honors. She finished second in two of her final three events, including a second-place showing in the A-Sun Championships.


            This year, however, the Bucs return their share of quality players, including second-team All-A-Sun pick Natalia Giraldo (Cali, Colombia), all-freshman selection Lucy Gould (Bargoed, Wales), and former Southern Conference freshman of the year Maria Ringdahl (Oland, Sweden). Giraldo, who finished second on the team in stroke average, and Ringdal are the lone juniors on the team, while Gould will be the team's only sophomore. Giraldo, Gould and Ringdahl comprised three of the team's top four stroke averages from a year ago.


            "We have a young squad with two juniors, a sophomore and three freshmen," Reynolds said. "But the juniors - Natalia and Maria - are already captains and leaders for the team, and I look for both of them to really lead the team this year in play and during practice. Both are great models for the younger girls. With the scoring depth we have this year, I'm looking forward to teeing it up on Monday in Virginia, and breaking new ground."


            Newcomers this year include a pair of local standouts and a late addition from eastern Europe. Former Cocke County High School star Kennie Leigh Eisenhower (Newport, Tenn.) and former Jefferson County High School star Sarah Jane Sinard (White Pine, Tenn.), will give the team a Northeast Tennessee connection, while Laura Jansone (Jurmala, Latvia) joins the team after a decorated career on the Latvian amateur level. 


            Along with the Draper Valley Women's Intercollegiate, the team's fall schedule includes stops at five other events, including the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup in Simpsonville, Ky. (Sept. 18-19), the Great Smokies Women's Golf Championship in Waynesville, N.C. (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), the Lady Paladin Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C. (Oct. 6-8), the Lady Pirate Fall Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C. (Oct. 20-22), and the Edwin Watts-Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. (Oct. 30-31).


            "At the girls' request, we have scheduled six tournaments this fall to allow them a chance to enhance their competitive play," Reynolds said. "I think we're all very excited about the road ahead."


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Apr 14 1st of 13
SB Tennessee 11 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 14 ETSU 0
BB Appalachian St. PPD
Apr 14 ETSU
WTEN UNC Greensboro 1 Bristol, Tenn.
Apr 15 ETSU 6
BB Virginia Tech 6 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 15 ETSU 5
MTEN The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 7
SB Furman 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 1
SB Furman 7 9
Apr 17 ETSU 6
BB Samford 15 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 4
MTEN Furman 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 18 ETSU 4
BB Samford 8 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 18 ETSU 4
SB Furman 12 6
Apr 18 ETSU 0
BB Samford 7 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 18 ETSU 4
MGOLF Southern Conference Championship Pinehurst, N.C.
Apr 19 Results
MGOLF Southern Conference Championship Pinehurst, N.C.
Apr 20 Results
MGOLF Southern Conference Championship Pinehurst, N.C.
Apr 21 1st of 8
BB Tennessee 14 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 21 ETSU 7
BB ETSU 4 Rock Hill, S.C.
Apr 22 Winthrop 8