College Women

Women's spring preview: SWAC

Texas Southern's Kassandra Rivera
Texas Southern's Kassandra Rivera ( Photo Courtesy of Texas Southern )

Saturday, January 25, 2014

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the SWAC Conference:

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Top of the class: Alabama State

Player to watch: Kassandra Rivera, Texas Southern

Freshman to watch: Dismary Marquez, Alabama State

Conference championship: April 21-23, Links on the Bayou Golf Club, Alexandria, La.

Past champions (since 2009): Alabama State (2013), Jackson State (2012), Alabama State (2011), Jackson State (2009-10)

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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)

  • Alabama State (No. 234): Finished second at the ASU Fall Golf Classic and the Savannah State Invitational.
  • Texas Southern (No. 244): The team won the Matthews/Brown Memorial and the Prairie View A&mM Invitational. Junior Kassandra Rivera won three times during the fall – the ASU Fall Golf Classic, the Matthews/Brown Memorial Invitaionl and Prairie View A&M Invitational. She shot Texas Southern’s program-low, a 65 in the second round of the Prairie View A&M Invitational.
  • Prairie View A&M (No. 260): The Panthers won the Mississippi Valley State Invitational and second at the Prairie View A&M Invitational.
  • Mississippi Valley State (No. 261): Playing the 260th toughest schedule in women’s college golf, MVSU finished with an 0-6-0 record for the fall.
  • Jackson State (No. 271): Best finish was ninth at the BSC Southern Shootout as it didn’t finish the other two tournaments.