2013 Sun Belt Women's Golf Championships to begin Monday

From the Sun Belt Conference

Some of the nation's best collegiate female golfers will meet at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals for the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Golf Championships being contested April 15 through 17.

The three day, 54 hole tournament will consist of 11 Sun Belt institutions competing on The Shoals' Fighting Joe course.

FIU will enter the tournament with the best stroke average in the league as the Panthers are currently averaging 298.71 as a combined team and 74.68 for their individual team average.  Freshman Meghan MacLaren leads the Sun Belt in scoring average at 74.21 and has two first place individual finishes.  Maclaren leads a group of Panthers that have three of the Sun Belt's top five scoring averages.  In fact, five members of FIU's squad make up the Sun Belt's top ten scorers.

UALR has the second best team average in the league with a 76.48 individual stroke average.  Emelie Westrup leads the Trojans with a 74.6 average and two first place finishes as an individual.

Right behind UALR is Troy, which averages 76.81 on individual strokes.  Sofia Bjorkman, March's Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Month, leads the team with a 74.79 average which is good for a share of third place in the league standings.

Georgia State, competing in its first Sun Belt Women's Golf Championship, leads a group of three teams that average just above 77 individual strokes per round.  GSU has a mark of 77.30, while Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State average 77.63 and 77.90 respectively.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals is home to two 18-hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River.  The Fighting Joe is a long links style course that provides straight-forward golf. Some say the spectacular 17th hole is the signature hole on the course, but the 18th green overlooking Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River will distract you with its beauty, if not its treachery.

This year marks the fourth time that the Sun Belt Championships have been play at The Shoals.  The 2013 Sun Belt Men's Golf Championships will be contested April 22-24 at The Shoals.