Monday, April 2, 2012

And a Child Shall Lead Them...

KSU's Lea Charpier and JU's Natalie Schmett have their teams among the top 25 freshmen classes in the nation.
Nothing could be more affirming for a coach than for a recruit or a class to make an immediate impact on the team. Better yet, to make such an impact that their efforts gain the program national recognition.

That is exactly what is happening in A-Sun women's golf this season, as freshmen from Kennesaw State and Jacksonville have their classes ranked among the best in the nation. In fact, according to the latest Freshman Class Impact rankings, KSU's quartet comprises the nation's most impactful freshman class, while JU follows at No. 25. KSU's freshmen post an average score of 76.94 to place them in first place among Division 1 schools, while JU’s duo ranks No. 25 with an average of 76.57.  

The Owls' freshman class, ripe with international flavor as well as talent, includes Lea Charpier, Kaew Preamchuen, Minami Levonowich and Ines Lescudier. Each came to KSU with an impressive junior resume and has already made her mark on the season.

At No. 61, Kennesaw State is the highest ranked A-Sun women's team in the latest Golfstat rankings. KSU has finished fourth in its last two tournaments, led by Top-10 finishes by Charpier and Preamchuen. Preamchuen finished in a tie for 10th at the Hurricane Invitational (3/6/12), her first collegiate Top-10 finish. Charpier has recorded three Top-25 finishes in 2011-12, including her best of eighth at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (3/18/12). Preamchuen also finished 14th at the Lady Jaguar. Levonowich has also contributed two top 50 finishes, and Lescudier has added three Top 50 and one Top 25 finishes for the Owls.

Jacksonville's duo of Natalie Schmett and Jessica Welch has been dynamic for the Dolphins, who rank 163rd in the latest Golfstat rankings. In six of the team's nine matches this season, either Schmett or Welch have led the team in scoring and helped the Dolphins to five Top-10 finishes. In a tune-up for the upcoming A-Sun Championship, JU defeated three-time defending champion Stetson 295-297 in an 18-hole match at Venetian Bay Golf Club, the site of the April championship. Schmett joined teammate Morgan Jackson with a one-under-par 71, and Welch contributed a 5-over-par 77.

Natalie Schmett has six Top-25 finishes, three Top-10 finishes and an individual title (Wendy’s Invitational) in 2011-12. Welch also has added two Top-10 finishes, including her season-best third place finish at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate (9/20/12) in the fall. Most recently Schmett finished eighth and Jessica Welch posted the low round of the tournament for JU as the Dolphins finished third at the Low Country Intercollegiate (3/26/12).

Next up for these freshmen and their teams is the A-Sun Women's Golf Championship, April 9-11, at the Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Kennesaw State and Jacksonville are looking for their first A-Sun team and/or individual title, but in their path stands three-time defending champion Stetson and their defending individual champion, Alexandria Buelow. The Owls have finished in the top four of the championship the last three years, including a second-place finish in 2010. Jacksonville's best finish came in 2006 when the Dolphins finished fourth.

Be sure to follow the 2012 Women's Golf Championship on the A-Sun website, as well as via regular updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Other Links:
Kennesaw State Women's Golf
Jacksonville Women's Golf
Venetian Bay Golf Club

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