TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State women’s golf team will host eight other schools for the Sycamore Spring Invitational which will be played Sunday and Monday at the Terre Haute Country Club. The Sycamores have not hosted a regular season tournament since the women’s program was resumed in 2006 but did host the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship.
Indiana State will be joined by Missouri Valley Conference schools Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Loyola and Northern Iowa along with Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, and William Woods. Schools will be able to get in a practice round on Saturday with the first round set to tee off at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday. The final round will begin at 9 a.m. (ET) Monday.
“The course has been pretty wet this spring but Brad Pugh (Terre Haute Country Club superintendent) has done an unbelievable job to get the course in the best shape you can imagine,” Greg Towne, Indiana State women’s golf coach, said. “The weather will be a factor with a south wind Sunday and then cool temps with a chance of rain and north wind on Monday.”
Towne added that the weather should allow for lots of fans to come out and enjoy the venue and the competition on Sunday which will begin at 1 p.m. (ET). Spectator carts are available for rent.
“Hey, without Tiger Woods in the field this week, why not come out and watch your Lady Sycamores win at home,” Towne said.
The Sycamores will get a lift in the competition from the return of freshman Marissa Uradomo who missed the last two tournaments after posting four top 10 finishes in her first six tournaments including a win at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. She will be joined by fellow freshman Megan Berube who has shown steady improvement in her play.
They will be joined by senior McCall Christopher who has two top five finishes in her last two tournaments including second at last week’s Bradley Spring Invitational and fourth at the Saluki Invitational played a week earlier. Juniors Amanda Smith, Gina Della Camera, and Erinn Sutton are also expected to battle for the Sycamores this week.
“I am looking to solidify the lineup for the MVC Championship,” Towne said. “Everyone’s performance this week will be taken into account as well as past performances and academic standards in order to decide the team for Panther Creek.”
Towne said the course will be very wet and play at about 6,000 yards.
“It will be a real test especially from the length standpoint,” Towne said. “This will be a great tournament and a close competition.”
AT THE TURN –
In The Valley Rankings
The Indiana State women’s golf team currently ranks fourth in the team rankings of the Missouri Valley Conference in the rankings released April 11 by Golfstat. The Sycamores have an average score of 310.94 per round through eight tournaments this season with a score versus par of 24.82 and a low round of 297. Wichita State leads the Valley with an average score of 309.20, a score vs. par of 22.48 and a low round of 292 with Southern Illinois second (310.77 average score, 22.77 vs. par, and low round of 291) and Bradley third (310.91 average score, 23.43 score vs. par, and low round of 294).
Three Sycamores are in the top 20 of the individual rankings with two of them among the top 10. The individual rankings are based on score versus par.
Freshman Marissa Uradomo won the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate and is highest ranking freshman in the Valley as she is currently third with an average score of 76.08, a score versus par of 4.69, and a low round of 71.
Senior McCall Christopher has two top five finishes in the past two weeks and jumped up to sixth in the Valley standings with an average score of 77.06, a score versus par of 5.53 and a low round of 73.
Junior Amanda Smith is 13th with an average score of 77.94, a score versus par of 6.41 and a low round of 71.
Junior Erinn Sutton is 30th with a score versus par of 8.00, an average score of 79.53 and a low round of 74.
Freshman Megan Berube is 47th with a score versus par of 10.09, an average score of 81.73 and a low round of 75.
Bradley sophomore Danielle Lemek continues to lead the Valley with a score versus par of 2.17, an average score of 74.04, and a low round of 66. Southern Illinois senior Cassie Rushing is second 4.47 score versus par, 76.47 average round, and a low score of 68).