April 20, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 11 South Carolina women's golf opens postseason play this week at the 2017 SEC Championship in Hoover, Ala. The 54-hole event, which takes place Apr. 21-23, will be contested at the Greystone Golf & Country Club for the fifth-straight season. This year's 14-team field will compete at the Legacy Course, one of two 18-hole tracks at the venue.
COACH Kalen Anderson ON THE EVENT
"We're looking forward to getting back to Greystone -- it's a golf course we are very familiar with. The greens can have some complexity, and it's going to be about eliminating some three-putts. I think it fits our team very well, and I know Katelyn Dambaugh loves the golf course. We've had a lot of really good practices this week, and the team is really focused. Our key as a group is to stay positive and not get ahead of ourselves."
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD
Six teams currently ranked inside the top-20 by Golfstat will be in action at the SEC Championship. Top-ranked Alabama, No. 6 Georgia and No. 8 Florida mark the three top-10 schools in the field, while the No. 11 Gamecocks, No. 13 Arkansas and No. 20 Texas A&M round out the list of ranked participants. Ten teams enter this week with a victory on their resume this season, and three schools head into the tournament with multiple wins on the year.
HISTORY AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
Carolina boasted top-five finishes in each of the last four years at the SEC Championship, including runner-up honors in 2014 and 2015. The Gamecocks notched the program's lone SEC Title back in 2002, and they have placed in the top-five six times since the arrival of coach Kalen Anderson in 2008. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh, the runner-up at the 2016 SEC Championship, sports top-five showings in her last two appearances at the tournament. Junior Ainhoa Olarra placed eighth at Greystone Golf & Country Club last season, while Jia Xin Yang tied for 21st as a sophomore in 2015.
LAST TIME OUT
Carolina closed out the regular season at the 2017 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, which featured the combination of stroke and match play. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh paced the Gamecocks with a 14th-place finish in the stroke-play portion, while sophomore Marion Veysseyre posted a perfect 3-0 mark in match play. Dambaugh and junior Ainhoa Olarra both tallied a pair of match-play victories for Carolina, which went 2-1 in head-to-head competition at the three-day event in Athens, Ga.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina resumes postseason play next month at the NCAA Regionals, set for May 8-10. This year's regional sites are Athens, Ga., Columbus, Ohio, Lubbock, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Gamecocks will learn their regional fate during the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Selection Show, which will air on Golf Channel on Thu. Apr. 27, at 11 a.m. ET.
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