April 9, 2017
Round One Pairings
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's golf team will host the Hoya Invitational this week at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. The two-day, 54-hole tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 10 with 36 holes and concludes on Tuesday, April 11.
The Hoyas will host a field of 15 teams, the largest ever in the 12 years the tournament has been hosted. In addition to Georgetown, the field includes Boston University, Bucknell, Columbia, Monmouth, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Richmond, Rollins, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. John's, Stephen F. Austin, Towson and Yale.
The tournament will be held at Four Streams and will face the challenging layout designed by PGA Tour veteran Nick Price and famed golf architect Steve Smyers. The par-72, 6,127-yard course, the home for the Georgetown University men's and women's programs, is set amidst the rolling Maryland farmland and is one of Maryland's finest golf facilities.
Last year, Princeton shot a 31-over par 319 in the final round and topped the 10-team field, finishing in first place with a three-round total of 75-over par 939. Georgetown shot a 40-over par 328 in the final round to finish second at 88-over par 952. Seton Hall placed third (100-over par 964), with Towson fourth (103-over par 967) and St. John's was fifth (106-over par 970).
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. The Blue & Gray are coming off a 15th place finish among 18 teams at the Bryan National Collegiate, a tournament featuring seven teams ranked among the top 25 in the country.
Junior Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) tied for fourth place at the GCU University Invite, finishing at 2-over par 218. 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 freshman Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake Senior).
Popowitz was named the BIG EAST Golfer of the Week on April 6 after her performance at the Bryan National Collegiate last weekend in North Carolina. Popowitz was Georgetown's top finisher, tying for 44th place at 11-over par 227. Popowitz posted two-straight rounds of 4-over par 76 and closed with a 3-over par 75 in the final round to lead the Blue & Gray. She has two top-20 finishes and a 75.56 stroke average this spring. Popowitz was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year last year after being the highest freshman finisher at the BIG EAST Championship, taking seventh place with an 18-over par 234.