Women's preview: Atlantic Sun Conference

Women's preview: Atlantic Sun Conference

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Women's preview: Atlantic Sun Conference

Kennesaw State’s women’s golf team received a big boost this winter when the team added freshmen Kaew Preamchuen and Ines Lescudier.

And with less than two months before the Owls begin their spring season, head coach Rhyll Brinsmead is looking for the newcomers to make immediate impacts.

“We’re super excited about it,” Brinsmead said. “I expect both of them to crack the starting lineup immediately,”

Preamchuen, the younger sister of Kennesaw State junior Ket Preamchuen, was Thailand’s player of the year in 2008 and placed sixth at the Gate American Junior Golf Championship in December. Lescudier, a Tulane transfer, was the fifth-ranked player in the French Amateur rankings during the fall.

“They’re going to add some much-needed depth,” Brinsmead said. “We’ve gotten through the last couple years with five or six players. This spring, we’ll have eight, which is the most I’ve had in six seasons.”

Kennesaw State had an inconsistent fall season, finishing no better than sixth in four tournaments.

The Owls showed potential at the Susan Maxwell Berning Classic in October, shooting season-best rounds of 10-over 298 and 6-over 294 to enter the final round in sixth place. But a 22-over 310 hindered Kennesaw State’s climb up the leaderboard and the Owls finished sixth.

“We put ourselves in a good position and then sort of faltered in the final round, and that’s something we’ve talked about a lot,” Brinsmead said. “Heading into the spring, we’ve been working on putting it all together.”

Kennesaw State, which is led by junior Ket Preamchuen (75.5 stroke average) and freshman Lea Charpier (76.4), will open the spring at the UCF Challenge Feb. 12 -14 in Sorrento, Fla.

Brinsmead preached consistency to her team during the break and hopes the Owls, ranked No. 70 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, can improve on a runner-up finish at last year’s Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

“I’ve got eight players who can shoot par on any given day and I honestly believe that,” Brinsmead said. “My message to the girls will be that we don’t have to go out there and do anything special. If we play consistently, play steady and go out there and play smart golf, I’m pretty confident that we’ll walk away with that championship.”

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Top of the class: East Tennessee State

Best player this fall: Ket Preamchuen, Kennesaw State

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Past champions

2007: Campbell

2008: East Tennessee State

2009: Stetson

2010: Stetson

2011: Stetson

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