Briggs unveils women’s golf fall campaign

Published 11:16 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

After finishing sixth in the Big South Conference Championship last year, the Longwood women’s golf team will tee it up on a familiar path to open the 2015-16 season as the Lancers make return trips to three fall invitationals from a season ago. Second-year head coach Shannon Briggs announced a slate of four fall tournaments for a Lancer squad which returns the entirety of its six-woman roster from 2014-15. Longwood will travel to William & Mary, Navy, East Carolina and Charleston Southern as part of the 2015-16 campaign.

“Our fall schedule will provide us an opportunity to play familiar courses from last season,” said head coach Shannon Briggs who begins her second year at the helm. “The extra year of experience will allow for growth and maturity which will result in our team’s overall success.”

Longwood’s fall schedule kicks off with a short trip to Kingsmill Resort for the William & Mary Invitational which tees off Sept. 13. The Lancers twice played Kingsmill last season, including competing in the 2014 edition of the William & Mary Invitational, placing 11th.

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The blue and white will face a short turnaround heading to the Navy Women’s Invitational just four days after wrapping up the final round at William & Mary. The Lancers will play a practice round on Sept. 18 before the 54-hole championship begins with 36 holes on Sept. 19.

The following week, Longwood swings south to partake in the East Carolina Lady Pirate Intercollegiate. A regular stop on Longwood’s fall tour, 2015 marks the sixth-consecutive year the Lancers will head to Greenville, N.C. Last season, Courtney Tolton drained her first hole-in-one in the final round of play. The Lancers will round out their fall slate with the Wendy’s Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern at the Rivertowne Country Club. The tournament will not only conclude the fall season, but also marks the fourth event in as many weeks for the Lancers.

Optimism abounds for the 2015-16 campaign, boosted by the return of Longwood’s entire roster from last season. What was a young team a season ago is now chocked full of seasoned veterans, as the Lancers look to build off a strong finish at the Big South Championship.

“Our biggest contributor to overall success will be on making every shot count and really enjoying the season,” said Briggs. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us to set the tone early for a strong ranking in the Big South.”

The Lancers will welcome one newcomer, Macey Mills, to the club for the 2015-16 campaign which tees off on Sept. 13