Women’s Golf to Open 2021-22 Season Sunday at William & Mary Invitational

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s golf team is set to open its 2021-22 season as it travels to take part in the William & Mary Invitational. Competition begins on Sunday at 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start from the Kingsmill Resort River Course in Williamsburg, Va. Action on Monday will get underway at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The 54-hole tournament will feature 15 teams with Boston University, Delaware State, Florida Atlantic, Howard, James Madison, Longwood, Marshall, Old Dominion, Princeton, Radford, Richmond, Towson, North Carolina-Wilmington and host William & Mary joining Navy in the field.
Bordered by the azure waters of the James River, the River Course at Kingsmill has played host to some of the world’s best players and is one of the premier courses in Virginia. The Pete Dye-designed course has hosted PGA, LPGA and numerous other collegiate golf events spanning three decades. The par-72 course will play at 6,109 yards in rounds one and two before expanding to 6,219 yards for the final round on Monday.
1 – Stephanie Lee (So., Southlake, Texas)
2 – Mara Hirtle (So., Pinehurst, N.C.)
3 – Bridget Hoang (Fr., Lawrenceville, Ga.)
4 – Hannah Han-Kim (Fr., Potomac, Md.)
5 – Tori Smith (Sr., Arlington, Tenn.)
Sophomore Stephanie Lee leads things off for Navy after posting a season-scoring average of 78.7 last season, tied for the best mark on the team with fellow returner Angelina Chan (Jr., Franklin, Tenn.). In addition to her team-leading scoring average in 2020-21, Lee posted two top-five finishes that was highlighted by a second-place finish at The Dual at Prospect Bay.
Mara Hirtle ranked second on the team in season-scoring average last season with a 79.2 mark. The sophomore recorded three top-five finishes in 2020-21 including placing third at The Dual at Prospect Bay.
Following Hirtle in the starting lineup are newcomers Bridget Hoang and Hannah Han-Kim. Hoang was a four-year letter winner for the Peachtree Ridge golf program in addition to serving as a team captain for three seasons. Hoang was a First-Team All-Georgia State honoree following her senior season at Peachtree Ridge along with being an All-State Honorable Mention as a freshman. Han-Kim earned a varsity letter in all four years of her high school career at Winston Churchill in addition to serving as a team captain as a senior. Han-Kim was an All-District honoree as a junior and helped lead the Winston Churchill golf team to a Maryland State Championship that same season.
Rounding out the starting lineup for the Mids is team captain Tori Smith, who netted an 80.8 season-scoring average in last season. Smith finished The Dual at Prospect Bay tied for third to highlight her 2020-21 season.
Head coach Nadia Ste-Marie returns for her 10th season at the helm of the Navy women’s golf program in 2021-22. The reigning Patriot League Coach of the Year guided the Midshipmen to their first Patriot League Championship last season after the program finished with a 57-over par 921 to capture the tournament title. Ste-Marie also coached four All-Patriot League selections during the 2021 spring season, which set a program record for the most All-League performers in a single season.
Ste-Marie is joined by assistant coach Kylee Sullivan, who is set to begin her first season with Navy. Sullivan joins Ste-Marie’s coaching staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Ferris State men’s and women’s golf programs. Additionally, Sullivan served as the interim head coach of the Bulldog golf program’s beginning in November 2020. During her tenure at Ferris State, Sullivan helped guide the Bulldog’s to a combined 21 top-five finishes in addition to capturing the 2021 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men’s Golf Championship.
The Mids return to action Sept. 24-26 as they travel to take part in the Bucknell Invitational at the Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. Navy captured the team title at the 2019 Bucknell Invitational after Shannon Gould (O’Fallon, Mo.) won ger first career individual title with a 7-over par 217, setting a new program record for the lowest 54-hole tournament score.  

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