Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's golf team will head north to compete in the Rutgers Invitational Friday and Saturday, looking to continue a string of solid tournaments early in the season.
Upstate returns to the Rutgers Invitational for the fifth time since moving to Division I in 2007. The Spartans have had decent success in the tournament in years past, peaking with a fifth-place finish in 2007 and finishing no worse than 14th in what are typically large fields of 20 or more teams.
The 2012 Rutgers Invitational is a 36-hole tournament with 18 holes being played each day, Friday and Saturday. The Rutgers University Golf Course plays at 6,034 yards and is a par-72 layout. Joining Upstate in the tournament are Albany, Boston University, Central Connecticut, Dartmouth, Delaware, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hartford, Hofstra, Lehigh, Long Island, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Saint John's, Sacred Heart, Seton Hall, St. Francis and Wagner.
Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the lineup of Taylor Barnes, Brittany Lowe, Amanda Hall, Rachel Reiling and Madison Bryant into action this weekend. Barnes, Lowe, Bryant and Reiling have played in both events so far this season. Both Barnes and Lowe are tied for the team lead with a 77 stroke average. Bryant is also sub-80 with a 79.7 stroke average. As a team, the Spartans are averaging 314.3 per round for the season, on pace to better the school's single season mark.
Upstate is playing for the first time since tying for 13th at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. The Spartans shot rounds of 309 and 318 with six of the 10 individual rounds coming in the 70s. Bryant led the way for Upstate, shooting back-to-back rounds of 77 to finish as the low Spartan.