I changed up the format a little with this week's Podcast. We still have a featured guest, Vanderbilt sophomore Marina Alex, but I've also included brief previews of two tournaments that start today, the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and the Tiger Wave Classic. Included are comments from UNLV's Dwaine Knight and LSU's Karen Bahnsen.
I was happy to get a chance to speak with Alex (right) in the days leading up to her competing at the Tiger Wave event in New Orleans. The sophomore has compiled an impressive record thus far in the 2009-10 season. In five multi-round tournaments, she has finished either second or third four times, with a T-7 finish in her other start. Her 70.8 average is the third best in the country and she ranks fourth in the latest Golfstat Cup ranking. Despite such solid play, she's has gotten quite the attention that USC's Jennifer Song, Auburn's__Cydney Clanton__ and Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall have in making their case for national player of the year. As you'll find out in the Podcast, however, Marina is fine with going a bit under the radar.