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Elizabeth Cheng

Shannon Ciccarello

      

Women Set For Jekyll Island

Harrisonburg, VA - Hollins University Golf at 2014 Jekyll Island Collegiate, March 13, 2014

 

The 11th annual Women's Jekyll Island Collegiate will tee off on Friday morning March 14, 2014, on the Indian Mound Course on Jekyll Island, Ga. Twenty-four teams from 13 different states, from as far away as California (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Michigan (Olivet) and New York (St. John Fisher and NYU) will compete. Georgia Division III schools represented in the field will include the 29th-ranked host school Oglethorpe, Berry and Piedmont.

Hollins will send a pair of golfers to the prestigious event.  Senior Elizabeth Cheng (Virginia Beach, VA) returns to the event that she won last spring.  Cheng bested the field one year ago en route to earning a berth in the NCAA DIII National Championships, finishing 12th, and being named DIII All American.  Elizabeth comes into the event ranked 53rd in the country, according to the latest GolfStat rankings.  Joining Cheng will be first-year golfer Shannon Ciccarello (Stafford, VA).  Ciccarello had a great start to her collegiate career by averaging 85 and earning a pair of top six finishes during the fall season.  The duo will start play on Friday, March 14th.

 

In the 2014 field are five of the top 10 schools in the final fall Golfstat Poll, including No. 1 Methodist, No. 6 Texas-Tyler, No. 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor, No. 8 Rhodes and No. 10 Olivet. "The depth on the women's side of the island has grown appreciably each year over the last 10 years", tournament director Jim Owen of Oglethorpe commented. "Further, we have 18 of the 24 teams in the field ranked inside of the Top 50. If you finish top 10 or 12 at Jekyll you are likely a top 20 team nationally. I am proud of how the event has grown."

The field is loaded with great teams, and as one would expect, the tournament has tremendous individual player talent. A record 30 of the 50 nationally ranked players in the country will tee it up on the Indian Mound course. The women's event has always been a top national field, but with 20 of the best 30 players in the South Region attending this year, that makes this a significant in-region tournament as well.

This week we are going to break new ground in the live scoring arena nationally, with the help of the Jekyll Island Authority Marketing. We are going to have one player in each group enter the group’s scores in the few seconds after the hole is completed.

“In the small college arena logistics, costs and personnel make it prohibitive in general, for events like ours to have live scoring. We enjoy the live scoring feature twice a year at best. Now through the innovative folks at Golfstat and the willingness of players and coaches in the small college sphere to buy into this we could be onto something”, Owen stated.

In D1, in virtually all of their events, they have live scoring either every 3 holes or 6 holes. We are going to have updates every minute all day long and individual scorecards updating every single hole.