Samantha Postillion and the Illini hope to get the ball rolling early in the Marsh Landing Invitational on April 8 and 9.
April 4, 2013
Ponte Vedra, Fla. – The Illinois women's golf team is scheduled to travel to Florida on Saturday, April 6 to compete in the Marsh Landing Invitational. Jacksonville University will host the event at the par-72 6,056 yard Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Over the course of the two-day contest, which will take place on April 8 and 9, participating teams will play three full rounds for a total of 54 holes per golfer. Furthermore, the Marsh Landing Invitational boasts an enormous field of 20 teams, the largest field the Illini have been a part of thus far in the season. Due to the grand size of the field of teams, both days of competition will feature shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. CT.
The 2013 Marsh Landing Invitational presents a colossal pool of teams with substantial talent, as there are six teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Top 50 as of April 4, 2013. Among the ranked teams participating in the event are the 11th-ranked Boilermakers of Purdue, 19th-ranked Texas Tech, Iowa State (29), Florida State (43), Central Florida (45), and East Carolina (49). Joining Illinois in comprising the remainder of the 20-team pool are Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Daytona State College, Florida International, James Madison, Maryland, Kennesaw State, Michigan, North Florida, Sam Houston State, Stetson, and host school Jacksonville University. Although the field of play is larger than any field previously seen this year by the Illini, the 20-team pool does include several schools Illinois has faced earlier this season such as Purdue, Maryland, Charleston Southern, Texas Tech, and Kennesaw State to name a few.
"From the standpoint of pace of play, with a larger field, the rounds are going to take longer just by the sheer number of people on the golf course," Head Coach Renee Slone stated. "Our players are really going have to monitor themselves and allow themselves mental breaks in between shots in order to refocus and prepare for the next shot."
Similar to the last tournament, the Fighting Illini have constructed a new tournament lineup for the Marsh Landing Invitational -- one that has not yet played together in the 2012-13 season. Headlining the tournament for the Illini are tournament regularsSamantha Postillion and Jacqueline Calamaro, joining Ember Schuldt, who is coming off the lowest individual tournament total (222 at Lady Jaguar) for the Illini in 2012-13. Rounding out the scorecard for the Illini are senior Crystal Smith and sophomore Michelle Mayer. This is the first tournament of the season wherein sophomore Pimploy Thirati will not travel and compete with the team.
"Good results always provide a significant boost to one's confidence level, so hopefully Ember can keep these good feelings going as we move forward," Coach Slone said. "However, we are going to a golf course we haven't seen before, so the practice round will be key to learning the nuances of the course and the best way to approach each and every hole."
To follow the action of the Orange and Blue's women's golf team at the Marsh Landing, visit http://www.fightingillini.com/