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Women's golf team opens season at Jacksonville State tournament


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- A young lineup, including four freshmen, will represent Tennessee Tech Sunday morning when the Golden Eagle women's golf team tees off in the Chris Banister Classic, hosted by Jacksonville State University. The 54-hole tournament will include 10 teams playing on the Silver Lakes Golf Course layout with 18 holes each on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

"We have a very young team this year and patience will be a key for us," said coach Polk Brown. "It will be fun to watch and see how they handle the collegiate tournament atmosphere."

Seniors Katherine Bell and Amanda Randolph (shown in photo) will provide leadership to the youthful TTU lineup. Joining that pair will be four players who are all classified as freshmen, but in varying stages of their TTU careers -- Madalyn Everts, Allison Geer, Megan Williamson and Katya Hoffman.

Everts started out stong last fall as a true freshman, but an injury ended her season and she was granted a medical redshirt for the year. Geer joined the roster this fall from White County High School and Williamson is a newcomer from Blackmon High School in Murfreesboro. Both are true freshmen this fall. Hoffman, meanwhile, has spent a year at Tech following graduation from Cookeville High School, and has decided to return to golf this fall after a year away from competition.

"The course we'll play on will be a tough course and we're in a really good field of teams," Brown said. "I'm anxious to see how our young players interact with the rest of the girls in the tournament."

Along with host Jacksonville State and the Golden Eagle women, teams in the tourney include Northern Kentucky, Texas State, Murray State, Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Lipscomb, Lamar and Western Kentucky.

Results will be posted each day on TTUsports.com as they become available.