JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2006) - With a standard-setting season behind them and three top six finishes during the 2005 fall season, the ETSU women's golf team seems to be on the rise once again for the upcoming 2006 spring season. The Lady Bucs will open their 2006 spring schedule Friday, Sept. 24 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in
Having won three tournaments in the last two seasons and setting a new program record with a 1-under par team total at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate during this past fall season, the Lady Bucs have high expectations for the spring, especially with the talent that returns for the spring of 2006.
With five returning players and a fourth-year head coach, the outlook for the future seems bright. In fact, the Lady Bucs not only have a talented batch of players, they also have coach Stefanie Reynolds, who received the SoCon Coach of the Year Award last season - the first for an ETSU women's golf coach.
Leading the way for Reynolds this spring will be senior Ashley Barton (
Along with Barton, the Lady Bucs will also be counting on solid play from senior Laura Diaz (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico), as well as the talented sophomore trio of Natalia Giraldo (Coli, Colombia), Cindy Phillips (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Maria Ringdahl (Oland, Sweden).
Ringdahl and Giraldo competed in all nine of the team's 2004-2005 tournaments, with Ringdahl finishing second on the team with a 76.87 stroke average, while Giraldo finished third at 78.39. In fact, on the way to being named to the All-SoCon first team and earning Freshman of the Year honors, Ringdahl set or matched ETSU records for freshman scoring average (76.87), best second round score (71), best third round score (74), best two-round score (144) and best three-round score (218). Meanwhile, Diaz competed in the 2004 World Amateur Championship for her home country of
New addition, Lucy Gould (Bargoed,
The Lady Bucs will open the spring slate at one of the most demanding early season tournaments in college golf - the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in