Last Leg of Regular Season at Lady Buckeye Invitational
April 17, 2013
Columbus, Ohio – The Fighting Illini women's golf team is arranged to make the trip to Columbus on Saturday April 20 in order to contend with 11 other teams in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Ohio State University will host the event, which is scheduled to transpire at the par-72, 6,268-yard OSU Scarlet Golf Course. Moreover, the Lady Buckeye Invite will feature a field of 12 teams, seven of which the Illini have previously encountered in the 2012-13 season. Participating teams will play two full rounds of golf on Saturday and a final round on Sunday for a total of 54 holes. Play will commence via shotgun start on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Sunday's final round with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"Our focus this week has been preparing for the Scarlet Golf Course, as it is one of the more demanding courses in college golf," head coach Renee Slone said of this week's practices. "We have really been focusing on short game, specifically putting. We've also been working on bunker play -- fairway as well as green-side bunkers."
The 2013 Lady Buckeye Invite will exhibit a mid-size field of 12 teams, as compared to the 19- and 20-team fields the Illini contested with in the previous two outings at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate and Marsh Landing Invite, respectively. Among the 12 participating teams in the Lady Buckeye Invite, only 14th-ranked Purdue boasts a top-25 ranking as of April 5, 2013. Accompanying the Illini and making up the remainder of the field of play are host Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin, Augusta State, Kent State, and Youngstown State. The Orange and Blue have faced seven of these teams earlier this season: Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Augusta State, and Kent State.
Competing in the tournament for the Orange and Blue will be Ember Schuldt, Michelle Mayer, Pimploy Thirati, Jacqueline Calamaro, Kaitlyn Wampler, and Samantha Postillion, who set the Illini's season-low tournament score at the Marsh Landing Invitational. As for the format of the event, each team will travel six golfers, but only the top four scores from each round will count towards a team's tournament total. Last year Illinois finished 11th in the tournament, but Ember Schuldt will be the only returning golfer from last year's squad to compete for the Illini in the 2012-13 Lady Buckeye Invite.
"One of our keys for the week has been course management, because this is a golf course that demands a player to be smart and respect the course," Slone asserted. "It's very much a position golf course in the essence that you have got to be on a certain side of the fairway in order to give yourself the best angle for the next shot."
To follow the action of the Fighting Illini women's golf team at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, visit http://www.fightingillini.com/