SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will return to action this weekend when it travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete at the 17th Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.
The Roadrunners will face Arkansas, Campbell, Chattanooga, College of Charleston, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane and UCF. The field will play 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CT) at Cherokee Country Club (par 71/5,897 yards).
UTSA finished sixth at last year's event with an 800 (292-299-289). Taylor Newlin tied for 23rd (72-78-71—221) and Fabiola Arriaga (75-74-73—222) and Chelsea Bretcher (73-75-74—222) tied for 26th.
The tournament also marks a homecoming for head coach Carrie Parnaby, who played at Tennessee from 1998-2002. She earned honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference honors and helped the Lady Vols achieve a No. 2 national ranking at one point during her career. Parnaby got her coaching start as a student assistant in 2002-03 and was an assistant coach from 2004-08, helping Tennessee make four NCAA Regional and three NCAA Championship appearances.
What: 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22
Where: Cherokee Country Club (par 71/5,897 yards) · Knoxville, Tenn.
Tournament Field: Arkansas, Campbell, Chattanooga, College of Charleston, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, UTSA
Format: 18 holes each day; tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. Central time
Live Scoring: golfstat.com
2012 Team Champion: Penn State 291-289-287—867 (+3)
2012 Individual Champion: Paula Reto, Purdue 71-71-69—211 (-5)
Fabiola Arriaga, Sr. (Torreon, Mexico)
· Carded a 71-76-77—224 to tie for 20th at The “Mo”Morial on Sept. 9-11
· Recorded five top-10 finishes last season
· Two-time first-team all-conference selection
Taylor Newlin, Sr. (Frisco, Texas)
· Tied for 23rd with a 72-78-71—221 at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
· Posted the third-best stroke average (76.03) on the team last season
· Two-time second-team all-conference pick
Aimee Ponte, Fr. (Guernsey, U.K.)
· Tied for 47th with a 78-80-79—237 at The “Mo”Morial
· Three-time Island Championships champion (2011-13)
· Advanced to round of 32 at 2012 British Girls Championship
Libby Thomas, Fr. (Midland, Texas)
· Posted seven top-10 finishes on the American Junior Golf Association circuit
· Texas Junior Golf Tour’s All-Tour Team selection
· 2012 district runner-up
Brogan Townend, So. (Blackburn, England)
· Tied for 17th with a 78-73-72—223 at The “Mo”Morial
· Registered a 77.61 stroke average as a freshman
· A member of the English National Team