JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman's women's golf team will play a course the pros play when they take to the PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the Guy Harvey Invitational.
The event is hosted by no. 26 Nova Southeastern and features second-ranked Barry University, fouth-ranked Lynn and 11th-ranked Florida Tech.
"This is going to be our players and Carson-Newman's toughest course that either will have played ever," Carson-Newman head coach Suzanne Strudwick said. "It's something that's been highlighted on our schedule since I was hired here."
The Eagles have had an up and down year, playing otherworldly in some rounds, but looking like an also-ran in others. Case in point, Carson-Newman had a four-stroke lead on no. 16 Florida Southern in last week's Lander Lady Bearcat Classic after the opening round. However, the Eagles added 23 strokes to their score from round one to round two and fell six places to 11th.
Strudwick said the Eagles have the talent to compete throughout an event.
"Their games are good enough," Strudwick said. "It really is a mental thing. And I can't wait for them to break out of this comfort zone that they're in and really achieve."
Every golfer for Carson-Newman has had at least two sub-80 rounds on the year, with Meridith Hawkins leading the way with a team best four.
"What I'm hoping for is another level of focus from our girls," Strudwick said. "We have to get them out of a comfort zone where they have a good round and then a bad round, or vice versa. They will have their eyes wide open to how tough this golf course is. They'll have to plot their way around it methodically to have success."
The PGA National plays host to the Honda Classic. The Eagles tee off Monday morning.