Women's spring preview: Southern Conference
During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the 2014 spring season for each conference. Check out all of the previews here.
Today, we look at the Southern Conference:
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: Chattanooga
• Player to watch: Jordan Britt, Chattanooga: The 2012 SoCon medalist and 2011 runner-up, Britt finished the fall ranked 193rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
• Freshman to watch: Taylor Totland, Furman: Ranked 267th by Golfweek, Totland was the top player for the Paladins in the fall.
• Conference championship: April 13-15, Moss Creek GC (North), Hilton Head Island, S.C.
• Past champions (since 2009): Chattanooga (2010-13), Furman (2009)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
- Chattanooga (70): The Mocs have owned the SoCon as of late, winning four straight conference titles and boasting the last three conference medalists, including current players, junior Agathe Sauzon and senior Jordan Britt. Britt led the team in scoring average during the fall at 74.14 while Sauzon won the Starmount Fall Classic, where Chattanooga also won the team title.
- Samford (87): The Bulldogs won the FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate to begin the fall and were also second at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, but finished eighth, four places behind Furman, at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Junior Bailey Gray led the conference in scoring average during the fall at 73.09 while senior Natalie Mitchell was third at 74.18.
- Furman (91): The Paladins played the 51st toughest schedule in the country during the fall, so that explains the three finishes of 16th or worse in four fall events. Freshman Taylor Totland and sophomore Valentina Romero were the only players to log more than 10 rounds in the fall, but seniors Aubrie Street and Inga Gunnarsdottir, and junior Laura DeMarco, provide some experience and depth.
- Western Carolina (92): The Catamounts won the Great Smokies Inercollegiate and added a trio of fourth-place finishes, too, during the fall. Freshman Taylor Allison won medalist honors at the Great Smokies and also led the team in scoring average (74.21). She was one of five freshmen to see action while Western Carolina had no juniors or seniors play during the fall.
- Wofford (115): Wofford finished in the top 5 in three of five fall events. Freshman Katy Funk led the team in scoring average (75.77). The No. 5 spot in the lineup is a question mark.
- Elon (130): Like a lot of SoCon teams, the Phoenix boast a young team, led by sophomores Sunna Vidisdottir and Emily Brooks, and freshman Kelsey Badmaev. As a team, Elon tested itself with trips to the “Mo” Morial, Lady Pirate Intercollegiate and Palmetto Intercollegiate, but aside from a runner-up finish at the William and Mary Invitational, Elon didn’t finish better than ninth.
- UNC Greensboro (186): The 59th toughest fall schedule is a plus, but a high finish of 15th is not. Sophomore Sammie Buchanan and junior Berglind Bjornsdottir were the only players with sub-80 scoring averages.
- Appalachian State (196): The Mountaineers did win an event, the Quinnipac Classic, but their schedule wasn’t the most difficult, either. Of the six players who saw action in the fall, five were freshmen and one was a sophomore.
- The Citadel (251): Three last-place finishes and one second-to-last finish in five fall events are major reasons The Citadel is the conference’s lowest-ranked team.