KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The University of Delaware women’s golf team will open its 2014 spring season on Sunday when the Blue Hens kick off play at the Kiawah Island Classic.

The invitational, which is the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country, features 36 teams in this year’s field, including tournament host College of Charleston and fellow Colonial Athletic Association members Towson and William & Mary.

The 54-hole tournament includes five teams currently ranked among the top 100 by Golfweek, and will be played on the par 72, 6,001-yard Cougar Point Course and the par 72, 5,902-yard Oak Point Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Tournament play will begin on Sunday, as each team will play 18 holes on either Oak Point or Cougar Point with double tee times from 9:45 a.m. - 12:06 p.m. Teams will play the opposite course on Monday, on an adjusted schedule from 9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (in case of weather). The Top 19 teams will play for the championship at Cougar Point on Tuesday, while the other 17 teams will play a flight championship at Oak Point with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

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The Blue Hens, led by third-year head coach Patty Post, are looking to pick up where they left off after a highly successful fall campaign that saw Delaware win team titles at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational, Rutgers Invitational and Delaware Invitational.

Blue Hen freshman Grace Chua will lead Delaware after posting three top-four finishes during the fall and recording a team-best average round of 75.54 strokes. Chua, named the CAA Women’s Golfer of the Week on Oct. 30, notched a pair of fourth place finishes before coming in second place at the Blue Hens’ home tournament in Rehoboth Beach.

Junior Andi Slane missed the first two invitationals of the fall while recovering from an injury, but rebounded to average 76.50 shots per round during the final three tournaments of the season. Slane finished in a tie for fourth place at the Delaware Invitational, including an opening round of 72 which was her lowest of the year.

Fellow junior Amanda Terzian will also be making the trip to Kiawah, after appearing in all five tournaments during the fall. Terzian ranked second on the team with a 76.38 average round, posting a pair of top-10 finishes including tying for second place at the Rutgers Invitational.

Freshman Vitoria Teixeira also saw action in every invitational during her rookie fall season, ranking fourth on the team by averaging 77.93 shots per round. Teixeira finished among the top 13 individuals twice, including a seventh place finish at the Delaware Invitational.

Sophomore Nathalie Filler appeared in four tournaments in the fall, as her 79.27 average round ranked seventh on the Blue Hens. Filler recorded a pair of top-10 finishes during her season, tying for fifth place at Rutgers before tying for 10th place in Rehoboth Beach.

Following its season-opening tournament at Kiawah, Delaware will take a weekend off before competing in the Eagle Landing Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. on Mar. 14-16.

The Blue Hens will then take on Brown on Mar. 28-29 in Encinitas Ranch, Calif., and will participate in the UNCW Invitational at River Landing Golf Course in Wilmington, N.C. on Apr. 4-5. The regular season concludes with the CAA Championships once again held at St. James Plantation Golf Course in Wilmington, N.C. on Apr. 18-20.