Coming off an electric high of winning its home tournament for the first time since 2011, the Kentucky women’s golf team is back in action this week at the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas.
The Wildcats will play in their first tournament in 22 days after claiming victory at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational with a record performance. Similar to the setup of UK’s first two fall tournaments, the Minnesota Invitational and the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in September, Kentucky will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday.
UK is wrapping up its four-tournament fall schedule, which has exceeded expectations in many regards after losing three key seniors from last year’s team. At their win in Lexington earlier this month, which featured the best 54-hole team score in school history (858), all five Wildcats competing for the team score placed in the top 35, with three in the top 15.
The Trinity Forest Invitational field will feature 12 teams, five of which were in the top 50 in the recently released Golfstat rankings and two of which were in the top 25. UK, host SMU, Tennessee, UTSA, Dallas Baptist, Kansas State, North Texas, Colorado, Oregon State, Kansas, Illinois, and Tennessee-Chattanooga will comprise this week’s field.
Trinity Forest will play as a par 72 with a yardage of 6,233 this week. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the links-style course to resemble many of the great old courses of the northeast and Great Britain. A rolling meadow with tall native grasses and dramatic bunkering and green complexes, Trinity Forest is the home of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
This will mark UK’s first appearance at the Trinity Forest Invitational. Last year, the championship went home with the Wildcats of Kansas State with a final team total of 29-over. Also among the leaderboard were conference foes Tennessee (third place) and Texas A&M (tied for fourth).
Individually, SMU Senior Brigitte Dunne placed runner-up last year at her home tournament and is back in the field again this year.
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