WACO, Texas – Baylor women's golf begins its 2019 spring season with the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, which runs Sunday through Tuesday in Palos Verdes, Calif. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the 6,017-yard, par-71 course at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
No. 35 Baylor is part of a 16-team field that includes six of the nation's top-10 teams and 11 of the nation's top-20 teams. BU will take on No. 1 USC, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Florida State, No. 26 Furman, No. 42 Colorado, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.
Baylor's lineup is led by sophomore Gurleen Kaur in the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive tournament. She's followed by senior Maria Vesgaat No. 2, junior Erica Chiang at No. 3, sophomore Diane Baillieux at No. 4 and freshman Emma Bradley at No. 5. Bradley is making her collegiate debut after enrolling at Baylor in January, and Chiang is in the BU lineup for the first time after missing most of the fall season due to injury.
Baylor is paired with Furman, Colorado and Oklahoma State for Sunday's first round, which is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT shotgun start. Kaur will begin on No. 15, Vesga will start from No. 16, Chiang and Baillieux will tee off on No. 17 and Bradley will start on No. 18.
Monday's second round and Tuesday's final round are also scheduled for shotgun starts. Pairings for each round will be set based on the standings.
Baylor played four tournaments during the fall season. The Bears finished eighth at the Cougar Classic, fifth at the Schooner Fall Classic, third at the Betsy Rawls Invitational and 12th at the Battle at the Beach. BU was led by Kaur with a 72.18 stroke average, which is on pace to finish just shy of the program single-season record of 72.17 set by Amy Lee in 2016-17.
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