Illini to Compete at Lady Buckeye Inv. This Weekend
April 17, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Fighting Illini women’s golf team will compete in their final spring tournament this weekend before the Big Ten Championships on April 25. Illinois will make the trip to Columbus for the Lady Buckeye Invitational, in which the squad will play two rounds on Saturday, April 19, then conclude the tournament on Sunday.
The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club. Illinois will go up against 11 other schools, six of which are from the Big Ten. The format is slightly different from past tournaments, as Illinois will still count four scores but get to utilize six golfers.
"We have done some competitive games in the last couple of days to get everyone in the competitive mindset, explained Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "With the weather having been the way it has been, we have been utilizing our indoor practice facility and gotten some quality practice in."
Among the 12 participating teams in the Lady Buckeye Invite, five are currently ranked in the top 50 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings: No. 25 Iowa State, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 31 Michigan State, No. 39 Kansas and No. 40 Kent State. Meanwhile, Michigan State will look to defend their 2013 tournament title.
Competing in the tournament for the Orange and Blue will be Ember Schuldt, Samantha Postillion, Erin Ahern, Michelle Mayer, Stephanie Miller and Emily Joers. Schuldt will look to build a complete three rounds, two weeks after she tied for the third lowest round in school history and achieved a new career low round of 67 (-5).
“The Scarlet course is one that demands respect and the need to play solid and smart golf,” added Slone. “Positioning yourself is key, so the practice round will be very important for each player to create their game plan along with working on their short game on and around the greens."