Women prepare for new format in first SEC matchup of year

Kate Russell/The News Senior Delaney Howson has led the team in its tournaments so far.

he excitement is building for women’s golf as the Racers prepare for Mississippi State’s Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational tournament Monday through Wednesday.

“I’m excited for several reasons,” Head Coach Velvet Milkman said. “One, the golf course is fantastic. And playing in a (Southeastern Conference) tournament, you’re guaranteed good competition, and we’re excited about that because we feel we can compete at that level.”

The Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational marks two firsts of the season for the Racers. It is the team’s first SEC tournament and the first tournament to be played over a three-day span.

“I like this format because it’s the format of the OVC championship,” Milkman said.

She said the team can play 36 holes on the first day and 18 the second day, or it can play 18 each day for three.

“We play a combination of both,” she said. “It’s good practice for formats like the OVC championship.”

The OVC championship is scheduled for April 2014, giving the Racers plenty of time to get in some practice with this tournament.

The invitational is also a tee-time tournament, meaning the Racers will go at a certain time rather than all beginning at the same time with a shotgun start.

Milkman plans to use the weekend between the Racers’ last tournament at Louisville and the upcoming invitational to work on the team’s approach shots to the green as well as putting and chipping.

She said a different course and style of tournament is something to look forward to for her players, especially the few that have never played at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

“Several of them haven’t played this course before,” Milkman said. “Two of them have. They know it’s a really fun tournament. We get to stay on site at the golf course, and they’re excited to go down and play well.”

 

Story by Mallory Tucker, Contributing Writer