SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women’s golf team will tee off its 2013 fall campaign at The "Mo" Morial this Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 9-11, at Traditions Club (par 72, 6,206 yards) in Bryan, Texas.
The field features East Carolina, Elon, Florida State, Kentucky, Redlands CC, Rollins, Texas A&M, UCF, UTPA, UTSA and Virginia. The teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. on the final day.
The “Mo”Morial is named after former Texas A&M women’s golfer Monica Welsh, a four-year letterwinner for the Aggies from 1978-82 who tragically died in an automobile accident in 1992.
The last time UTSA competed in the event was in 2011 when the Roadrunners placed 11th overall. Paola Valerio led the way with 30th-place showing (79-71-84—234).
What: The “Mo”Morial
Where: Traditions Club (par 72/6206 yards) • Bryan, Texas
When: Monday, Sept. 9 — Wednesday, Sept. 11
Teams: East Carolina, Elon, Florida State, Kentucky, Redlands CC, Rollins, Texas A&M, UCF, UTPA, UTSA and Virginia.
Live Stats: golfstat.com
Fabiola Arriaga, Sr. (Torreon, Mexico)
· Recorded five top-10 finishes last season
· 2012 Southland Conference Player of the Year
· Two-time first-team all-conference selection
· Set a program record with a 74.81 stroke average last season
Chelsea Bretcher, Sr. (Austin, Texas)
· Posted a 77.84 stroke average last season
· Carded a six-over 73-75-74—222 to tie for 26th at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate
· Tied for 39th with an eight-over-par 76-76-72—224 at the 2012 Alamo Invitational
Taylor Newlin, Sr. (Frisco, Texas)
· Third on the team last season with a 76.03 stroke average
· Two-time second-team all-conference selection
· Has played in all 30 tournaments the last three seasons
· Named to WGCA All-American Scholar Team
Aimee Pontee, Fr. (Guernsey, U.K.)
· Three-time Island Championships champion (2001-13)
· Four-time Guernsey Girls Club winner (2009-12)
· Advanced to round of 32 at 2012 British Girls Championship
Brogan Townend, So. (Blackburn, England)
· Recorded a 77.61 stroke average last season
· Shot a season-best 220, which included a round of 68, at The Alamo Invitational (Oct. 28-30)
· Tied for 18th at the Seminole Match-Up (Feb. 15-17) for her best finish of the season
· A member of the English National Team
· Two-time runner-up at the Northern Women's Championship
2013 Season Preview
Head coach Carrie Parnaby returns for her sixth season leading the Roadrunners. She recently sat down with goUTSA.com to give a season preview on her team.
What’s your general assessment of your team heading into the season?
“We have three seniors and I’m excited about their leadership and the quality of the golf that they’ve been playing since they’ve gotten back to school. I’m looking for some great play out of them. I’m really excited about the underclassmen. The transition with our two freshmen has been awesome. Aimee Ponte qualified for our top five for the first tournament, so she’s stepped right in and done a great job. The team chemistry has also been really good, which is one of my top priorities. I’m really excited to see how they perform at this first tournament. Our schedule is the toughest we’ve ever had, especially in the fall, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”
What is your approach to the fall season?
“The fall season is a chance for the freshmen to see what college golf is all about. They’ve come in pretty prepared, but getting them comfortable is important. It’s also a chance for our team to mesh. You want your team to start off well, because your play in the fall certainly affects your ranking. That’s really important to us and that’s how you get into postseason. Our goal is to always maintain a top-50 ranking. The girls have higher goals of being ranked in the top 25 and making it to nationals, but we’ve got to play well every week throughout the year and not just the spring. The fall season is very important.”
What did it mean to your program to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional last season?
“It meant a lot to us. The previous year, I think we would have also received one, but we won conference to qualify. Obviously, that is a goal of ours every year, but to get the at-large bid and that type of recognition shows that we are a top program. It was exciting and the girls are very proud to have been the first team in any sport to accomplish that here at UTSA. Anytime you do something for the first time it’s always special.”
What will the move to Conference USA be like for your program?
“The Southland had some very good programs and the WAC was a very good golf conference last year with three or four teams ranked in the top 50 most of the year. The biggest difference moving into Conference USA will be the number of teams competing. The top four or five teams should be very good. Tulane finished in the top 10 at nationals last year and they are preseason top 25, so they will be a force. East Carolina and Tulsa also will have very good teams. I expect us to be in that mix and there’s no reason why we can’t be competitive.”
What have your three seniors meant to the program during their time at UTSA?
“Fabiola has improved incredibly during the time she has been here. At one time last fall she was ranked in the top 25 individuals in the nation and we’ve never had anyone ranked that high. She is a really excellent on-course leader and is a very confident and mentally tough player. It’s been great to have her in our program. I’m really excited about Chelsea, because she’s been playing really well since she’s been back on campus this semester. She has a great personality and is fun to be around, and those types of players are always great to have on your team. Taylor is steady. She’s our rock. She’s incredible with her academics and I’m really impressed with how hard she works at her game. All three have grown so much in so many different ways since they were freshmen.”