WESTON, Fla. -- The University of Delaware women’s golf team opens its first spring season Monday and Tuesday when the Blue Hens will compete in the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge hosted by the University of Louisville. The tournament will be held at the 6,211-yard, par 72 course at the Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla.
The 14-team tournament consists of 54 holes and features Louisville, Texas State, Kansas, North Carolina State, Missouri, Florida International, Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), UNCW, South Florida, Memphis, East Tennessee, Delaware and Southern Mississippi.
Following the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge, the Blue Hens will next compete on Mar. 10-11 at the Richmond Invitational at the St. James Plantation Golf Course, before participating in the William & Mary Invitational at Kingsmill Golf Course on Mar. 18-20 and the UC Irvine Invitational at the Dove Canyon Golf Course on Mar. 26-27. The Blue Hens return to the St. James Plantation Golf Course on Apr. 20-22 for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament to close out their spring schedule.
Delaware is led by freshman Sarah Skurla (at right), who posted a 79.38 stroke average this fall, the best on the team. Skurla had the team’s best finish at any tournament after placing seventh at the Towson Invitational on Sept. 12.
Fellow freshman Andrea Slane also enjoyed a successful fall campaign, ranking second on the team with an 80.00 stroke average. She placed ninth at the Rutgers Invitational on Oct. 15, and shot a team-low 74 strokes in the first round of the Wisconsin Badger Invitational on Sept. 25.
Freshman Annie Bowlsby and junior Frida Nilsson also will be key contributors. Bowlsby posted a 81.08 stroke average in the fall to sit third on the team while Nilsson followed with an 82.83.
The 2011 fall season marked the opening of the women’s golf program at Delaware. The Blue Hens enjoyed two top-five finishes in fall tournaments, tying for fifth at the Towson Invitational on Sept. 11-12, and placing fifth outright at the Rutgers Invitational on Oct. 14-15. Delaware also posted two top-10 finishes, placing eighth at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and tying for 10th at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational the week before.