Women's Golf Preview - Kent State Concludes Fall at Texas' Betsy Rawls
The Golden Flashes again will take on the nation’s elite in its final event of the fall season Oct. 31-Nov. 2
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State women’s golf team concludes the 2011 fall campaign with its participation in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
The tournament format features 18 holes each of the three days of the tournament. Tee times for the first two days will begin at 8:15 a.m. Central Time from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees; Wednesday’s final day of action will begin at 8:45 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.
The University of Texas Golf Club will play as a 6,344-yard par 72 course for the three-day invitational. Live stats will be available through golfstat.com.
Scouting the Golden Flashes
In their last outing, Kent State finished eighth in the Stanford Intercollegiate, a tournament that featured 14 of the top 50 teams in the nation. Leading the Golden Flashes at Stanford was Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina), who finished tied for 14th overall with a one-under 212.
Six golfers will be in action for Kent State at the Betsy Rawls Invitational; along with Germino, the starting five will include seniors Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) and Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio), sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) and freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta). Junior Jackie Yanch (Barrie, Ontario) will play as an unattached individual.
Scouting the Tournament Field
Kent State is one of 15 teams participating in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Joining the Golden Flashes and the host Texas are Arizona, Arkansas, Denver, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Princeton, Texas, Tulsa, UNLV and Wisconsin.
Kent State will be one of 10 teams ranked in the top 50 by Golf Week’s Sagarin rankings. In the Oct. 26 release of Golf World’s coaches poll, four are in the top 25 (including No. 6 Oklahoma State) while four more, including Kent State, are receiving votes.
UCLA won last year’s tournament title, but the Bruins will not return to defend their title. Texas A&M’s Sarah Zwartynski claimed medalist honors.
Kent State will break for the winter and return to intercollegiate competition at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 12-14 in Rio Grande, P.R.