Women's Golf Starts Season At Topy Cup In Japan

Sept. 7, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's golf team will open the 2009-10 season on Tuesday at the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan. The Demon Deacons join defending national champion Arizona State and four Japanese collegiate teams in the season-opening event.

Head coach Dianne Dailey's lineup will feature juniors Natalie Sheary and Allie Bodemann, sophomore Cheyenne Woods and freshman Michelle Shin and Stephanie Kim.

The tournament is being played at the Tanagura Country Club on Sept. 8-10. The format will be the same as most US collegiate events as the teams will count its four-best scores out of the five players each day.

The team arrived in Japan on Sunday and will play a practice round on Monday before starting the tournament on Tuesday. Following Thursday's final round, the Deacs will head to Tokyo where they will spend all day Friday in the capital city before returning home on Saturday.

Dailey, who is in her 22nd season at the helm, is looking for more from the trip than just getting back out on the course.

"We are all looking forward to this trip because I think it will be a great bonding experience for us," said Dailey. "The trip itself is going to be a little grueling but the opportunity to travel out of the country and learn a new culture will be great for the students. The trip will be a whole lot more than just golf."

Dailey also knows that when it comes time for the competition, the team better be ready to play.

"We're going to also be playing against some very good competition," Dailey said. "ASU is the defending national champion and the Japanese teams are always tough. So I think it will be a good tournament for us to see how we do right out of the gate."



Wake also had success in its other previous trip to the Topy Cup. In 1995, the Deacs rolled to victory behind medalist Kim Marshall.

After the team returns home, it will have nearly a month off before making a shorter trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Lady Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 9-11.

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