Texas A&M women’s golf coach Andrea Gaston will be looking for a little consistency from her team when she visits Greystone Golf Club in Hoover, Alabama, for her first Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Aggies have had their moments during the regular season with three players gaining SEC weekly honors since the middle of February. Unfortunately for the Aggies that has only equated into one Top 3 finish.
The SEC tournament begins Wednesday with 18 holes of stroke play for three straight days to determine an individual champion and the top eight teams. A team champion will be decided over the final two days with match play.
The Aggies enter the tournament ranked 54th nationally according to Golfstat.com and will need a decent showing to stay in the picture for an NCAA tournament berth. Only Kentucky and Missouri in the SEC are ranked lower. Six teams are in the Top 25, with four in the Top 10 including No. 5 Vanderbilt, defending champion No. 6 Arkansas, No. 9 Florida, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 14 Auburn and No. 22 Alabama.
Aggie junior Courtney Dow was co-SEC player of the week on March 20, and A&M swept the SEC weekly awards on March 6 with sophomore Amber Park claiming player of the week and Brooke Tyree voted freshman of the week. A&M’s lone Top 3 finish came when Dow won the Thompson Invitational with an even-par 68-74-74—216 at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii. Park tied for fourth at the same event at 5 over.
Dow and Park have nearly identical numbers this season. Both average 73.3 strokes over their 28 tournament rounds. Dow’s low is 68 in Hawaii, while Park posted a 66 and 67 in setting the Aggie record of 11-under at the Schooner Invitational in September. The low round of the season, a 6-under 66, belongs to sophomore Ava Schwienteck at Saddlebrook Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona, on March 24.
Park and Dow are ranked 176th and 195th individually by Golfstat.com. Thirteen SEC players are ranked in the Top 50, led by Auburn sophomore Julie McCarthy at No. 4 and Alabama junior Jiwon Jeon at No. 6.
Arkansas and Alabama each have three individuals in the Top 50. Vanderbilt and South Carolina boast two Top 50 players.
Freshman Katie Finley will fill out A&M’s lineup this week. Only Park and Dow played in the 2018 SEC tournament. Park finished 31st and Dow 59th.
Arkansas’ 13th-ranked Maria Fassi won the SEC individual title in a playoff with South Carolina’s Ainhoa Olarra last year.