Sorrento, Fla. – The Akron women's golf team traveled to Sorrento, Fla. for the MSU Spring Citrus Challenge on Sunday-Tuesday, March 19-21, hosted by Morehead State at the par-72, 5,929-yard RedTail Golf Club.
"It's good to return to the RedTail with some experience, and the majority of the team playing the course before," head coach Jenny King said. "We are looking for a little redemption from last year and are fortunate to be able to play in the warm weather. There are some tricky holes, and if managed correctly, could help us gain strokes against the field."
The 54-hole event will be played over a three-day span with an 18-hole round each day. The RedTail is atypical of many Florida golf courses, featuring a par 72 links-style layout that spans 5,929 yards for all three rounds. The course has four lakes that come into play on the last five holes and several massive bunkers throughout.
The 14-team field includes host Morehead State, Akron, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, FGCU, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Texas A&M Corpus Christie, Towson, UMKC, Western Illinois, and Western Kentucky.
Akron's starting five is headlined by sophomore Danielle Nicholson (Geneva, Ohio). Nicholson is coming off her second tournament win of the season at Rio Verde Invitational and runner-up performance at the Bradley Invitational. She is scheduled to open the tournament at Hole No. 1, teeing off at 9:06 a.m.
Junior Pader Her (Holt, Mich.) is Akron's No. 2 and will tee off at 8:57 a.m., while sophomore Makayla Dull (Fremont, Ohio) follows and starts at 8:48 a.m. Senior Alejandra Velasco-Villanueva (Guadalajara, Mexico) and freshman Allyson Wentworth (Stewartsville, N.J.) round out the starting five, and will lead the Zips into battle with 8:39 and 8:30 tee times, respectively.
In addition, junior Mallory Etcheberry (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) will compete as an individual, opening play at 9:15 a.m.
Last season, the Zips finished 14th overall with a 931 (+67) 54-hole total, climbing two spots on the leaderboard during the final round. Akron finished the tournament with 296 (+8) final round tally.
Akron was led by Nicholson's 226 (+10) stroke tournament effort, finishing 18th overall. Her followed in team scoring with a 39th place finish at 231 (+15) and climbed 36 spots with a 1-under par 71 final round. Velasco-Villanueva opened with an 86 (+14) and followed with an 82 (+10), brining her tournament total to 243 (+27). She finished fourth in team scoring and tied at 93rd overall. Dull rounded out the team's scoring efforts with rounds of 81 (+9), 87 (+15), and 79 (+7).