March 30, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's golf team will be back in action this weekend, beginning play in the 20th Annual Bryan National Collegiate at Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C. The tournament begins on Friday, March 31 and continues with rounds on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.
Hosted by UNCG and Wake Forest, the tournament field includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Miami, Baylor, UCF, NC State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Notre Dame, Penn Staten, Charleston, Georgetown and Colorado State.
The 18-team field includes seven teams among the top-25 in the latest Golfstat Rankings and 14 among the top-75 in the country.
"We had a discussion on Tuesday at practice about how this tournament is great preparation for the rest of our season," Head Coach Katie Brophy said. "With the quality of the field, it will show us how we stack up against the best teams in the nation.
"We are ready to get back out on the course and compete after a few weeks of practice."
The Hoyas opened the spring season in early March with a pair of tournaments during the team's trip to Nevada and Arizona. GU finished second of seven teams in the Battle at Boulder Creek in Las Vegas and followed that up with a sixth-place finish among 10 teams at the Grand Canyon University Invite in Arizona. Junior Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) tied for fourth place at the GCU University Invite, finishing at 2-over par 218.
"We're really excited to be down in North Carolina," Eleey said. "We've had a couple of weeks off from competition so it's exciting to be back on the course playing competitive rounds. We had great practice during those weeks and we feel we're very prepared. Playing in a strong field like this will help us to get ready for the BIG EAST. We've got four big weeks ahead of us and we're excited to start it out at the Bryan."
In addition to Eleey, the Georgetown lineup will include junior Lauren Gros (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep), sophomores Pendleton Bogache (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Episcopal [Va.]) and Alexa Popowitz (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's), along with freshmen Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake Senior).
"This is a special opportunity for us as we are close to Pendleton's family and this is a great chance for all of our players, coaches and parents to gather," Brophy said. "We cherish spending time together as a Hoya family."