Women's Golf Picked Eighth In Golfweek Preseason Polls

Sept. 9, 2004

Winston-Salem, NC - The Wake Forest women's golf team enters it's first fall tournament holding a preseason eighth place ranking. The Deacons placed 14th at the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest returns three starters from the 2004 tournament squad, including seniors Ashley Hoagland and Christine Hallstrom, both of whom are tabbed as third team All-Americans in the Golfweek preseason polls.

Hoagland finished the summer ranked eighth in the women's amateur polls. She currently boasts a 15th place mark. Sophomore Maggie Simons moved from an end of summer ranking of 15th to her current spot at 19th. Hallstrom is currently 81st in the country.

Hallstrom, Hoagland and Mandy Goins are listed as top returnees based on their Golfweek/Sagarin College Rating.

Golfweek tabbed freshman Laura Crawford as one of eight `freshmen to watch'. Crawford comes to Wake Forest with an outstanding junior career.

"Laura is talented, focused, hard working and brings a very solid game to Wake Forest," said Deacon head coach Dianne Dailey. "I expect her to start on a regular basis and to be a consistent contributor to the team. She plays with a quiet confidence which will enable her to be a winner in collegiate golf."

Included in Golfweek's top-30 poll is ACC rival Duke (No. 3). Wake Forest will face all but one of the top-10 teams at least once this fall. The Deacons will face all but two of the top-20 teams and all but six of the field of thirty.



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