Women’s Golf: Athletes to face new challenges at previously played tourney

It’s been more than a month since the women’s golf team last teed off at a major tournament – and at least one member has gotten tired of waiting around.”Really, we’re just excited to get started,” said head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. “We’ve had five good weeks of workouts and practices and … lots of good mental work. It’ll be nice to finally go and play. It’s hard for us to be home for five weeks.”

The Horned Frogs head to Puerto Rico today for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, a tournament that the team attended last season as well. Ravaioli-Larkin said although the squad took part last year, the challenge will be completely different in 2006.

“The only thing is we’re not playing the same golf course,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “We’re going back for the first time again. We’re at a new course … Normally, when we go back to a tournament, it’s the same course. In this instance it’s a different course in a different area of town.”

The Horned Frogs’ starting five will consist of juniors Catherine Matranga, Camille Blackerby and Elin Emanuelsson and sophomores Carrie Morris and Elisa Gomez.

Ravaioli-Larkin said that despite the fact that junior Stacey Bieber remains unavailable with a lingering back injury, the team’s starting rotation is a very capable one.

“This is really our core group,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “These five have really played well these past few weeks.”

TCU is not the team fielding a talented lineup however – Ravaioli-Larkin said the other teams attending are tough competition.

“Purdue is hosting, (Texas) A&M is real strong,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “There are a lot of really good East Coast schools we don’t get to see much.