Women’s golf gears up for prestigious Jackson T. Stephens Cup
The event is named after the former president of the Augusta National Golf Club, Jackson T. Stephens, and features six of the nation’s top women’s golf programs. With the Stephens family and the American Junior Golf Association teaming up to host this tournament, Baylor’s head coach Jay goble jumped at the chance to join the field.
“Alotion Club has an incredible reputation,” Goble said. “The Stephens family have a long tradition with Augusta National and in golf so you know they are going to put on a big event. AJGA being also one of the most respected companies in our sport, that was a given accept the invitation. “
The Bears are one of six teams on the pitch that were ranked in the top 20 to start the season and one of four teams currently ranked in the top 10.
“These are six fantastic teams that we will have to play well to beat,” said Goble. “This is an awesome golf course with great weather and awesome terrain. To be honest, you can’t ask for anything else.”
Goble’s roster will be led by a senior Gurleen Kaur, who arrives with four consecutive laps below par. Kaur will be the first to start at 8:40 a.m.
Antonia Matte is looking to continue his brilliant freshman season outside of second place in the lineup. Matte, who shot in red numbers in five of his first six collegiate rounds to lead the team, will start at 8:50 am.
Second year Britta snyder will play from third place, aiming for a second place in the top 10 in his third start of the season. Snyder will start at 9:00 a.m.
Second year companion Rosie Belsham will start at 9:10 am She comes on the heels of an Under-67 record in her final round at the Schooner Fall Classic, on her way to finish in the top 25.
First-year student BaiMai Seema will start from fifth place at 9:20 am It will be her first career start after a big effort in qualifying.
“She earned her place in the roster which is cool,” Goble said. “She’s definitely going to get her experience on a really big stage, probably one of the biggest stages we’re going to be on this year, which is exciting.”
The tournament begins with 36 holes in stroke play on Monday followed by 18 holes in stroke play on Tuesday. The teams will then be ranked 1-6 and matched 1v2, 3v4 and 5v6 for 18 holes of match play on the final day.
Live statistics will be available on golfstat.com. The tournament will be featured on the Golf Channel, with coverage starting at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information on Baylor Women’s Golf, follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.