The Dalton State College women's golf team begins its final tournament of the fall today in a very familiar place.

The Lady Roadrunners are hosting their third annual Roadrunner Women's Invitational at Nob North Golf Course -- a 54-hole tournament beginning at 9 a.m. today and running through Tuesday.

The tournament has always been 54 holes, but this is the first year it has spanned three days.

There will be a total of nine teams competing, seven of which are ranked in the top 25 of the latest NAIA poll, including Dalton State itself at the No. 7 spot.

"We've just always had the idea that we wanted to showcase some of the best teams in the country," Dalton State coach Jim McGrew said. "We are excited about what we knew was always here and getting our kids a chance to play at home."

The Lady Roadrunners are coming off a win in their most recent tournament at the Thomas University Fall Invitational that finished on Oct. 8 in Valdosta. They outscored the second-place team by more than 20 strokes.

"It was nice to get a win," McGrew said. "Winning is always hard so it's not something we ever taken for granted."

Since the win, McGrew said his players have been practicing exclusively at Nob North in preparation for their first and only three-day tournament this fall.

"We feel comfortable at Nob and we will show up to win because it is definitely one we can win," he said. "It's kind of like a postseason event, and that's kind of what we want to do to get them ready for the conference tournament and national championship in the spring."

In the previous two years of the tournament, teams have played 36 holes on the first day and 18 on the second, which has caused some problems as far as daylight becoming slim.

Today and Monday will garner tee times for the tournament, while Tuesday will be a shotgun start, with all days beginning at 9 a.m.

Overall, McGrew said he is proud of where the Lady Roadrunners stand heading into the winter break.

"All seven have played really well," he said. "I couldn't be more proud or ask for much more from them. We hope as many people as they can come out and watch some really great golf."

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