Augusta womens golf prepares for 13th annual 3M Invitational

Augusta women\s golf prepares for 13th annual 3M Invitational
Augusta women\s golf prepares for 13th annual 3M Invitational
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Augusta women's golf team is preparing to host its 13th annual 3M Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club this weekend.

The Jaguars have won their home tournament twice as a team, including two years ago. They've also had four individual winners, including last year when Jessica Haigwood set a new tournament record en route to the individual title. However, Haigwood was among three seniors the Jags lost to graduation, so this season has been about younger players filling that void.

"The underclassmen have really stepped up and shown a lot of leadership," redshirt junior, Maggie Ashmore, said. "We also get along really well this season. We have a lot of fun going to tournaments, so it's been a blast."

The Jags are hoping to build off what's been a solid start to the spring season. They have finished in the top ten in all three events.

"My expectation is we play hard, do the right things, think correctly on the golf course and then see what happens," third-year head coach, Caroline Hegg, said. "If we take care of our business, and we are mentally tough, then we will be right there in the end."

The 3M Invitational is a three-day tournament, which begins Friday morning. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University women’s golf team hosts the 13th annual 3M Augusta Invitational March 16-18 at Forest Hills Golf Club. The Jaguars’ home tournament features 15 teams who will compete for the three-day event in Augusta, Ga.

Round one begins on Friday, March 16 with tee times going off holes one and 10 from 9:30 – 11:50 a.m. on the par-72, 6,248-yard course. Round two on Saturday, March 17 is the same format as the first round and round three on Sunday will be a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the final round.

This year’s field includes Augusta, Central Arkansas, Columbia, Daytona State, Eastern Michigan, ETSU, Georgia, JMU, Memphis, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Troy, and Virginia Tech.

Augusta finished third last year at their home event, led by Jessica Haigwood who finished 12-under-par to set the new tournament record and win the individual title. AU won the team title in 2016 for their second time, after winning in the 2005-06 season.

The Jaguars have taken home individual medalist honors four times at their tourney. Haigwood in 2017, Casey Kennedy in 2011, Amanda Smith in 2006, and Lauren Smith in 2005. The Jaguars finished runner-up in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12. The tournament dates were moved from the fall to the spring for the 2009-10 season, where it has remained to this day.

Augusta, Ga–Theres going to be quite a bit of golf in the next three weeks, of course capping off with the masters. Before then, Augusta University will be hosting both mens and womens events at Forest Hills.

The women are up first this week with the annual 3M Invitational. A 15 team field highlighted by Georgia, Purdue and the Jags, all part of the three day event. Augusta is relatively young and getting better here in the heart of the spring season

“Were young and we needed the expeirence and those are two things in golf you only get from competiting. So now were starting to show some improvement and some growth and thats all you can ask for. Its a marathon, not a sprint. said coach Caroline Hegg

“I feel like our underclassmen have done a really good job of showing leadership. So theyve kind of helped me out along the way” said Maggie Ashmore

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