Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's golf team will play its final tournament prior to the A-Sun Championship in a couple of weeks when it travels to Richmond, Ky., to make its first appearance in the Colonel Classic hosted by Eastern Kentucky at Arlington Golf Club Friday and Saturday.
Upstate is coming off a tie for seventh at the Low Country Intercollegiate March 23-24 and looks to continue to sharpen its performance heading into the A-Sun Tournament April 14-16. Allea Hawkins finished a career-best tied for 14th in the Low Country, while Amanda Hall was tied for 19th to give the Spartans two players in the Top 20. Hawkins and Kinsey Soniat both had their top career finishes in the tournament as well.
Upstate is one of 12 teams in the Colonel Classic this week. The Spartans are joined in the tournament by host EKU, Akron, Bethel (Ind.), Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Cumberlands, Marshall, Morehead State, Ohio, Tennessee Tech and Xavier. Xavier is ranked No. 88 in the latest Golfstat national rankings, while Morehead State is ranked No. 109 and Eastern Kentucky is No. 130. Cumberlands (No. 19) and Bethel (No. 67) are ranked in the Top 100 in the NAIA.
The Arlington Golf Club is a par-72 layout that will play at 5,838 yards. The teams will play 36 holes on Friday with a shotgun start and 18 on Saturday to compete the tournament.
Upstate head coach Todd Lawton will send the same lineup he has used in the three previous tournaments this spring this week at the Colonel Classic. He will send Rachel Reiling, Amanda Hall, Allea Hawkins, Malika Allie and Kinsey Soniat into action. The unit is averaging 330.0 per round this spring, while the Spartans' overall season average is 323.5.