FULLERTON, Calif. --
THIS WEEK: The Cal State Fullerton women's golf team hits the links for the first time in 2013-14 this week, officially opening its season in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as one of 12 teams at the Minnesota Invitational hosted by the Golden Gophers.
THE COURSE: This week's event will be held at the 6,119-yard, par-72 Minikahda Club, previous host site of the 1916 U.S. Open, the 1927 U.S. Amateur, the 1957 Walker Cup, the 1988 U.S. Women's Amateur, and the 1998 Curtis Cup. Play begins on Monday (Sept. 16) at 7:45 a.m. (Fullerton is paired with Texas State and Idaho) with the first 36 holes and concludes with the final round of 18 holes on Tuesday (Sept. 17). The event marks Minnesota's first home competition since 2005.
THE FIELD: In addition to the Titans and host Minnesota, the tournament field includes Illinois, Nebraska, Texas State, Kent State, San Diego State, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Jacksonville, Idaho, and Georgia Regents University (formerly known as Augusta State University).
IN THE POLLS: This week's field features nine schools that finished among the top 100 in the final 2012-13 GolfStat NCAA Head-to-Head rankings: San Diego State (#27), Texas State (#45), UC Irvine (#60), Kent State (#65), Minnesota (#69), Georgia Regents (#71), Long Beach State (#73), Cal State Fullerton (#86), and Idaho (#88). Illinois (#122), Nebraska (#129), and Jacksonville (#138) round out the field.
WATCH IT LIVE: Well… sort of. Live scoring will be available for all three rounds of the Minnesota Invitational at GolfStat.com by clicking here. Complete results following each day's play and final results will be posted online at both FullertonTitans.com and GopherSports.com.
WELL-TRAVELED TITANS: The State of Minnesota will be the first of five different states visited by Cal State Fullerton in 2013-14, a schedule that will have them traveling nearly 16,000 round-trip miles this season with their longest being a 2500-mile jaunt to Kapalua, Hawaii, for the Anuenue Spring Break Classic (March 24-26), and an "arduous" nine-mile trek to Yorba Linda for The Gold Rush hosted by Long Beach State (April 7-8).
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER: The summer of 2013 proved to be a bountiful one for four Titans, who excelled on the course to stay sharp for the 2013-14 campaign. Junior Seri Lee was the runner-up at the CPT State Farm Collegiate Open with a 1-under-par 215, finishing the tournament as only one of two golfers under par behind Columbia's Michelle Piyapattra, who won the event with a 6-under-par, 210. Fellow junior Tisha Alyn Abrea also posted a runner-up finish, ending in a tie for second at the 92nd annual Los Angeles City Women's Championship with a 4-over-par 146, just one shot back of the tournament champion. Junior Makayla Mier qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, finishing in a tie for 101st (+14) and missing out on the top 64 that advanced to match play. Finally, freshman newcomer Martina Edberg -- the first international Titan since the program was reinstated in 2009-10 -- spent the summer as a member of the Swedish National Team, helping her country to the title at the European Championships.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS: Fullerton returns five golfers for the 2013-14 campaign, including its top-three scorers from a season ago in juniors Tisha Alyn Abrea, Seri Lee, and Makayla Mier. The Titans are looking to build off a fifth-place finish at last season's Big West Conference Championships after a regular season that saw them finish among the top four teams in six of their eight events.
TISHA TERRIFIC: An iron-woman for the Titans as a sophomore, Abrea leads the charge for Cal State Fullerton in 2013-14 after earning her second-career All-Big West Conference honor (honorable mention) in 2012-13. Abrea led the team with a 76.30 scoring average in nine tournaments -- just edging out teammate Seri Lee for the top spot by a single stroke (2,060 to 2,061). She posted four top-10 finishes last season, including a tie for 10th at the Big West Championships and a season-best tie for fourth at The Gold Rush hosted by Long Beach State on Feb. 11-12.
LEE IS LOW: Junior Seri Lee, who also appeared in all nine events for the Titans last season, also had herself a stellar year, finishing among the top 10 four times and ending up second twice -- including shooting a school 54-hole record 216 (71-74-71) in the season opener at the Washington State Cougar Cup in Pullman, buoyed by a pair of 71's in the first and third rounds. Last season, Lee accounted for four of the team's eight individual rounds at par or better and shot four of the top 54-hole scores in the history of the program since it was reinstated in 2009-10.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: With her four rounds at par or better in 2012-13, Lee set a school single-season record in that category and ranks second all-time in school history behind Taylor Fowler's six round at par or better from 2009-13.
CAREER ROUNDS AT PAR OR BETTER
1. Taylor Fowler (2009-13) - 6
2. Seri Lee (2011-present) - 4
3. Tisha Alyn Abrea (2011-present) - 3
4. Neomi Hunt (2009-13) - 2
5. Deidre Crabtree (2009-13) - 1