Freshman Hailey Koschmann looks to build off back-to-back rounds of 77 at the IU Invite as the Illini head into the Lady Buckeye Invite.
April 16, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's golf team eyes its final regular season test at this weekend's Lady Buckeye Invitational, hosted by Ohio State University at the par-72 6,228-yard Scarlet Course on April 18-19. The Orange and Blue head to Columbus, Ohio for its last 54-hole event before teeing it up for the Big Ten Championship at Purdue's Kampen Course next weekend. Play begins with 36 holes on Saturday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. CT and concludes with a final round beginning at the same time on Sunday, April 19.
"The Scarlet course is a great challenge and will certainly provide a good test in preparation for playing Kampen at Big Tens," head coach Renee Slone said. "This is a great tune-up for us and the majority of the other Big Ten teams in the field."
Illinois joins four top-50 opponents, No. 20 Kent State, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 30 Ohio State and No. 43 Washington, and nine Big Ten foes in the competitive 15-team field. The remainder of the loaded field features Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Rollins and Wisconsin.
Freshman Samantha Sloan (77.30), the team's stroke average leader, leads senior Nancy Featherstone (79.29) and three fellow freshman, Hailey Koschmann (78.57), Nora Lucas (79.82) and Katelin Dilger (82.00), into Buckeye country for the team's final event before postseason play.
Sloan has tallied five straight top-25 finishes, while Lucas is coming off her best finish (T-35th) of the season at last week's Indiana Invitational in which the Illini took 10th. Featherstone has competed in all four spring tournaments and notched her second-best season finish (T-27th) at the IU Invite. Koschmann will compete in her third tournament of the spring and looks to build off her final two rounds at the IU Invite where she posted back-to-back scores of 77.
"We worked on course management and a variety of different shots this week, which will help with the mental side of things," Slone said. "We are going to take some good notes out there tomorrow to work on our strategy and then see what happens."
For coverage of the Illinois women's golf team at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, visit golfstat.com for live scoring and fightingillini.com for a full recap at the end of each day's action.