Women's golf team plays first tournament under new coach

Brandy Stout takes team to Draper Valley

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Brandy Stout is familiar with the Draper Valley Golf Club, having played there several times as a member of the Tennessee Tech women's golf team.

Monday and Tuesday, she'll have a different perspective of the layout. She returns as head coach of the Golden Eagles when they open the 2008-09 season with the 54-hole tournament. The 12-team field will play 36 holes Monday and the final 18 Tuesday.

Stout's first tournament as head coach will feature a veteran lineup, with three seniors and two juniors returning returning to compete as Tech's five-player team. One additional player will be entered as an individual.

Senior Ashley Spangler, who had the team's low average last year on her way to all-OVC honors, has qualified for the No. 1 position for the Draper Valley Invitational. Spangler's final shot last year was a hole-in-one on the 18th hole of the final day of the OVC Championships.

Joining Spagler in Tech's lineup will be junior Diana Carson at No. 2, junior Megan Bradford at No. 3, senior Madison Denman at No. 4, and senior Maegan Sullivan at No. 5.

Sophomore Carley Rhyne will play individually.

"We are very anxious and excited to be kicking off this season with a very strong lineup," Stout said. "We have a wonderful schedule of tournaments, and the girls have been working extremely hard. I believe this year could be 'the year' for Tech to come home with the OVC trophy.

"That's a long way off, and this is only the first step, but I think everybody is ready to play, ready to have a great season," Stout said.