Women?s Golf Set to Open Play at CAA Championship

HOT SPRINGS, Va. – The Xavier University women’s golf team took in a practice round on Thursday in preparation for the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship, which will kick off on Friday at 9:00 a.m. This year’s tournament is being played on the 6,000-yard Old Course at the Homestead Resort in the picturesque hills of Virginia.

Xavier is seeking its first CAA title after claiming a fourth place finish in 2004 to go with runner-up honors in 2003. James Madison has won the team title in each of the last two years, which were the first two years of the event for the CAA.

XU’s lineup features four returnees from last year’s squad including senior captains Abby Fowler and Sarah Sparks, who were both named Second Team All-CAA in 2004. Sophomore Kara Manis leads the Musketeers with a 79.58 stroke average while Sparks is a close second at 79.65 including a team-best five top 20 finishes on the season. Freshman Diana Torry has been a bright addition to the squad as the Trinidad native owns an 80.59 stroke average and turned in a low round of 74 (+2) at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational.

In the latest Golfstat rankings, the Musketeers are fourth among the eight CAA teams trailing UNC Wilmington, James Madison and Richmond.