Gamecock Women Open 2009-10 Season at Match Play Championship
Sept. 4, 2009
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina opens its 30th season of intercollegiate women's golf this week at the Hooters/NGCA Match Play Championship, being played this year at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. The field for the season-opening event includes SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi, along with UCF, Chattanooga, Colorado, Duke, Georgia State, Kent State, North Carolina, TCU and Virginia.
Live scoring will be available through golfstat.com.
South Carolina's Lineup
Toumpsin, Burnett and Barrett played in all 10 events a year ago for South Carolina, and Carr played in eight of the 10. Strang and Swanson will be making their first collegiate appearances.
Familiar With The Format
Toumpsin has played in every tournament in her three years as a Gamecock, totaling 33 events (31 stroke play, two match play). Barrett has seen competition in 26 events, the second most among active players. Counting her years at Furman, Carr has played in 25 tournaments, eight as a Gamecock.
Strang comes to South Carolina from Jonstorp, Sweden, where she was ranked fifth among Skandia Tour Elite girls and second among all 19-year-olds. She won two of six STE events this year and even played in a Ladies European Tour event in 2008. She is no stranger to team competition, having played on the Swedish Junior National Team and helping them to the gold medal at the European Girls Team Championship in 2008.
Looking Back at 2008-09
The Gamecocks' best team finish came in the Bryan National Collegiate when they finished sixth among an elite field heading into the SEC Championship. Another strong finish came at the Cougar Classic, where South Carolina turned in a seventh-place showing.
Taylor Barrett and Katie Burnett qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and advanced to the second round of match play. Barrett never trailed in her first-round victory over Briana Mao (Folsom, Calif.) and went on to win, 2- up. Burnett had a tight first-rounder with Mari Chun, a Stanford graduate, but won the ninth and 10th holes and held on to win, 2 and 1. In the stroke play portion of the event, Barrett finished in a 13-way tie for 29th place at 4-over following rounds of 74-74-148. Burnett, in her first-ever USGA Championship event, tied for 43rd place in stroke play with rounds of 77-72=149.
Benedicte Toumpsin advanced to the sectional round of U.S. Women's Open qualifying as she tied for fourth in the local qualifier at Pinehurst, N.C. She tied for 23rd in the sectional qualifier at Sanford, N.C., with rounds of 73-78=151 (+7), missing the cut by five shots.
Barrett, Burnett, Corrine Carr and Taylor Weaver all played in the North & South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. Barrett and Carr both advanced to match play with Carr making it to the third round.
Carr and Weaver qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur by shooting matching scores of even-par 71 at the sectional qualifier in Lexington, N.C.
Last Time Out - 2009 NCAA East Regional
Toumpsin shot 71 (+1) for the second time this week to finish at 221 (+11) for the tournament and tied for 30th place. The defending NCAA East Regional champion, Toumpsin bounced back from a rough first-day score of 79 to post two straight solid outings. Toumpsin got off to an up-and-down start with a bogey at the par-3 11th, but then came right back with a birdie at the uphill, par-5 12th. Bogeys at 14 and 16 dropped her to 2-over, but a beautiful approach led to a birdie at the 18th as she made the turn at 1-over. The native of Belgium would find the trees on the fourth hole but managed to escape with a bogey, then carded four straight pars before a birdie at the last to finish at 1-over. Toumpsin has led South Carolina in all three regionals she has played, finishing 26th in 2007 and winning the event last year in Athens, Ga.
One stroke behind Toumpsin was freshman Katie Burnett, whose 75 (+5) Saturday left her at 222 (+12) for the week, tied for 34th place in her initial NCAA Regional appearance. Burnett dropped to 3-over with bogeys at 11, 15 and 16, but came right back with a birdie at the 17th to get back to 2-over. Birdie opportunities slipped away over her next three holes as she made the turn at 2-over, then a bogey at the third and two more bogeys at Nos. 6 and 7 left her at 5-over for the day, equaling her first-round score.
Last Time Here - 2007 NGCA Match Play
On the Independence Course at Kissimmee's Ginn Reunion Resort, the 14th-seeded Gamecocks fell 4-0-1 in their opening match against third seed Auburn then narrowly dropped a 3-2 decision to 11 seed New Mexico. Against the Lobos, the match went down to the wire with the No. 3 match deciding the winner. Carolina's Taylor Barrett just missed against UNM's Alexandra Phelps, falling 1-up.