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UTSA to head west this week for Golfweek Conference Challenge

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 09/24/2012
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA returns to the links this week when it travels to Wolcott, Colo., for the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The three-day tournament begins Monday and will be played at Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club (Fazio Course/par 72/6,262 yards).

Last season, Fabiola Arriaga (t-8th) and Paola Valerio (t-16th) each finished in the top 20, while the Roadrunners tied for 12th at the event.

Where: Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club (Fazio Course/par 72/6,262 yards) — Wolcott, Colo.

When: Monday, Sept. 24 — Wednesday, Sept. 26

Format: Three-day event with tee times for the first two days and a shotgun start for Wednesday's final round.

Teams: Campbell, Denver, East Tennessee State, Florida State, Furman, Georgia State, Mississippi, Missouri State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, San Jose State, South Florida, Tulsa, UC Davis, UCLA, UTSA.

Live scoring: golfstat.com


UTSA Lineup
Fabiola Arriaga (Jr. - Torreon, Mexico)
· Recorded the seventh top-five finish of her career last week at the Dale McNamara Invitational (Sept. 17-18)
· 2012 Southland Conference Player of the Year
· Two-time first-team all-conference selection
· Set a program record with a 74.91 stroke average last season
· Won The 2011 Alamo Invitational (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and finished second at the 2012 Southland Conference Championship

Allie Johnston (Fr. - Castle Rock, Colo.)
· Made her collegiate debut at last week's Dale McNamara Invitational, where she tied for 66th with a 239 (80-83-76)
· Rated by Golfweek as the No. 29 recruit in the 2012 class
· Won the 2012 Colorado Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship this summer
· Runner-up at the 2012 CHSAA 5A Girls Golf Championship

Taylor Newlin (Jr. - Frisco, Texas)
· Improved her score all three rounds at the Dale McNamara Invitational to tie for 62nd with a 236 984-77-75)
· 2011 and 2012 second-team All-Southland Conference
· Her 76.68 stroke average ranks third in program history
· Has played in all 22 tournaments in the last two seasons
· Tied with Summer Batiste atop the standings at the 2012 Islanders Classic (Feb. 27-28)

Brogan Townend (Fr. - Blackburn, England)
· Will make her collegiagte debut this week
· Is a member of the English National Team
· Two-time runner-up at the Northern Women's Championship
· 2011 Faldo Series Girls Champion

Paola Valerio (Sr. - Mexico City, Mexico)
· Tied for 62nd at the Dale McNamara Invitational with a 236 (78-79-79)
· Three-time All-Southland Conference honoree (first-team: 2010, 2011/second-team: 2012)
· 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year
· Ranks second in program history with a 76.18 career scoring average
· Has played in a team-high 27 tournaments entering the seasons

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