It takes five golfers to complete the requirements to compete and record a score as a team, so rookie golfers to Utah Valley, Ashley Baldwin, Whitney Drumright, and Shari Johnson will compete as individuals in the tournament held at the Continental Country Club.
Also a rookie, and serving as a pioneer of sorts, is head women-€™s golf coach Denise Larson, who is helping lay the foundation for Wolverine women's golf.
"It's just good for us to be out here, wearing the green and gold, showing everyone that we have a women's golf program, and getting on the radar," said Larson. "It's fun to be the first ones."
Because of the time it takes to start a program at the NCAA Division I level, it has been a struggle to get athletes cleared to play. The women's golf program at Utah Valley has six players, who are officially, unofficially on the roster, but three of them are still trying to accomplish all the tasks that will allow them to be eligible to compete.
"I think this group of six student-athletes are quality individuals, who will be an asset to our program, and will set a presidence for future women golfers at Utah Valley State," said Larson.
As for the tournament, Baldwin, Drumright, and Johnson will compete individually against other golfers from schools such as Arizona, San Diego State, Sacramento State, UC Riverside, Idaho State, and Grand Canyon. But Larson still thinks her players won't shy away from the competition.
"I expect them, and they expect themselves to compete," said Larson. "I think we have a chance to have a couple of our players finish in the top-10 individually. As long as they have a good mental approach."
The two-day, 36-hole event will begin on Monday with tee times starting at 8:00 am.
be a good experience for these players," said Larson. "They will have a little bit more experience to share with our players back home."