GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota women’s golf team continues to progress as its acclimation to full Divison I status begins its third year. Head coach Natalie Martinson has seen her squad make positive strides in its first two seasons as Big Sky members and she expects that to continue as she released the 2014-15 schedule on Friday.
Martinson will have two senior veterans back to captain her team, which returns each of its primary contributors from a year ago that saw the Green and White improve its overall team stroke average by nine shots. Classmates Amanda Fairweather and Mikki Kromy each appeared in a majority of the team’s tournaments and will lead this squad on a 10-tournament regular season slate before the Big Sky Championship April 19-21 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz.
“Amanda and Mikki both provide strong leadership for our team and they have showed throughout their careers a consistent dedication to their games and that example will help our younger players continue to evolve into better players,” Martinson said. “We have an experienced lineup that I expect will continue to improve upon last year’s results.”
Joining the veteran presence in the lineup will be the trio of Sadie Martin, Dani DelGreco and Alexis Guggisberg, who were all underclassmen a year ago and led the team in stroke average, respectively. “We made some big strides last season and the development of our young players had a lot to do with that,” Martinson added. “We have a lot of tournaments against Big Sky competition lined up, so we know what will be up against in April.”
Martinson’s team has six tournaments on its fall schedule with the season beginning with the Cobber Open, which an 18-hole event hosted by Concordia in Detroit Lakes on Sept. 5.
The team will also participate in the SDSU Fall Invitational (Sept. 22-23), the Coyote Classic (Sept. 29-30), the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate (Oct. 10-12), the Creighton Invitational (Oct. 20-21) and wrap up the fall schedule in Birmingham, Ala., at the UAB Invitational (Oct. 27-28).
The spring season will begin with three tournaments hosted by Big Sky schools. The opener is set for Sedona, Ariz., where Northern Arizona hosts the Red Rocks Invitational. Sacramento State is hosting a tournament in California’s capital city March 16-17. The Green and White will then return to Arizona for a tournament hosted Montana State in Phoenix (March 30-31).
The final Big Sky tune-up will be back in California where UC-Riverside hosts “The Battle at the Rock” April 6-7.
— Go UND —