Women’s Golf Preview – Kent State Part of Elite Field at Windy City Classic
The Kent State women’s golf team is back in action Oct. 3-4 when the Golden Flashes take part in the Windy City Collegiate Championships, hosted by Northwestern at the Glen View Club in Golf, Ill.
This year marks the first time Kent State will participate at the Windy City Collegiate Championship.
The tournament format features 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 3, with 18 holes following on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Threesomes will tee off from #1 and #10 starting at 7:30 a.m. on both days. Live stats will be available through golfstat.com.
Scouting the Flashes
The Golden Flashes are coming off a fourth-place finish at their season-opening tournament, the Mary Fossum Invitational Sept. 17-18. Freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) rallied for a top-five finish in her first tournament as a collegian to pace Kent State’s effort. Seniors Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) and Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) both turned in top-20 efforts at Mary Fossum, placing 15th and 18th, respectively.
Sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) tied for 10th as an unattached individual at Mary Fossum and will be part of Kent State’s five-golfer rotation at the Windy City. Senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) rounds out Kent State’s team roster for the Windy City, and junior Jackie Yanch (Barrie, Ontario) will participate as an unattached individual.
Scouting the Tournament Field
Kent State is one of 15 teams participating in the Windy City Collegiate Championships. Joining the Golden Flashes and the host Northwestern are Arizona, Iowa State, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UC-Davis, UNC-Wilmington and Wake Forest.
The 15 teams making up the tournament field are among the nation’s elite, as six teams are in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll Top 25, with six more receiving votes. Fourteen teams are in the top 100 in Gold Week’s collegiate rankings, with Kent State coming in at No. 62. Both Texas and Oklahoma State are coming off tournament victories.
Two-time defending champion Purdue returns, as does Iowa State, Texas Tech and TCU, who finished second through fourth at the Windy City in 2010.
Kent State will head west to participate in the Stanford Intercollegiate Oct. 14-16.