NT Looks To Build Off Record-Setting Performance At Jim West
The Mean Green Tee Off At The Jim West Challenge Starting Sunday
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - North Texas women's golf travels to The Woodlands, Texas to compete in the Jim West Challenge, which is hosted by Texas State Sunday and Monday. The Mean Green lineup for the two-day, 54 hole event is comprised of senior Eji Kwon, sophomore Sol Lee, sophomore Kalli Jennings, freshman Lauren Cox and junior Devin Edwards.
"Taking the team to the Jim West Challenge will be a bit surreal for me," head coach Michael Akers said. "This is a tournament I started and organized. I invited all the teams and set this up last fall. I am very excited for our players to experience this first-class event. It is one of the top tournaments in the nation. I look forward to hosting our event at Maridoe in 2018."
The two-day tournament will begin Sunday from the The Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands (par 72), as the teams will play 36 holes and open at 8:30 a.m. CT with a shotgun start. A strong field greets the Mean Green, including host Texas State, Florida State, Houston, Jacksonville, Kent State, Miami, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UTSA.
"The ladies should have confidence coming off of breaking the 18-hole school record on Monday," Akers continued. "Once you shoot numbers like that it can only help. Carlton Woods has Zoysia grass fairways just like the ones we played at Mizzou."
North Texas is coming off of their record-setting performance at the Johnie Imes Invite last week at Missouri, which saw the team shoot a five-under-par team total, and saw Kwon, Edwards and Lee shine. That trio, along with Jennings who showed improvement in the latter stages of that tournament, and the freshman Cox, look to continue the upward trend of the program this weekend. This will be Cox's first collegiate appearance.
"Lauren has worked very hard to qualify for the lineup this week," Akers said of his freshman. "I know she was inspired to travel as the tournament is fairly close to her home in Orange, Texas. I am a fan of hard work."
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