Women's Golf Championship Preview

Updated 4/25/2013

Women's Golf Championship Central 


Women's Golf Heads to MAC Championship

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's golf team heads to Nashport, Ohio, this weekend for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship, which will be held at the par-72, 6,075-yard Longaberger Golf Club.

The appearance in the MAC Championship event will be the fifth for the Zips, the youngest overall program in the league. In four previous appearances, Akron has posted top-five finishes in all four, including a program-best tie for third place in 2009.
The field includes defending champion Kent State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan. The Golden Flashes are the only team ranked in the Golfstat Top-100, checking in at No. 72.
Play will begin on Friday morning with tee times at the first tee set for 7:50 a.m. ET. Tee times are set for every 10 minutes, with the Zips teeing off from 7:50-8:30 a.m. Rounds two and three will also begin with 7:50 a.m. tee times on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The event is free to the public and fans can follow the scoring live via Golfstat Live Scoring.
The Zips are coming off a fifth-place finish on April 20 at the Angola Shootout in Angola, Ind.
The golf course wasn't the only thing challenging the field as snow and cold temperatures forced several delays and scratched one of the two rounds scheduled for Saturday.
The Zips finished the day with a round of 26-over 314, just six shots behind tournament winner and host Ball State (308, +20). Sara Chaves led the way for Akron, battling temperatures in the 30s to fire a round of 4-over 76, good for a tie for fourth place. She finished just two strokes behind the individual medalist, Cleveland State's Ariel Sparrow, who posted a round of 2-over 74.
Frida Fougberg, Hanna Ek and Tyler Etcheberry also posted top-25 finishes for the Zips. Fougberg finished one stroke behind Chaves with a round of 5-over 77 to finish in a tie for seventh place. Fougberg's performance was her fourth-straight top-25 finish.
Akron closed the 2012 MAC Championship with a fifth-place showing, led by three-time First-Team All-MAC selection Kristen Hill, Katie Jenior and Amanda Butler. Jenior finished with a three-day score of 237 (+21) to finish in 13th place while Hill (t-14th) and Butler (t-23rd) also posted top-25 finishes.
For more information on the MAC Championship event, visit the official women's golf championship page on mac-sports.com. For more information and directions to Longaberger Golf Club, visit Longabergergolfclub.com.


Ball State 
Ball State Women’s Golf Hopes for Breakthrough at MAC Championships
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State women’s golf team will look to build on one of the best years in program history when the Cardinals tee it up Friday at the Mid-American Conference Championships in Nashport, Ohio.

Ball State has already tied a program record for tournament titles in a single season with four. The Cardinals picked up that fourth crown just last weekend at their own Angola Shootout, beating five other MAC teams in the process.
Another one of Ball State’s wins came last fall at The 2012 Preview, played at the same course that will host the MAC Championships -- Longaberger Golf Club. The Cardinals defeated seven conference teams at that event and Ball State junior Meghan Perry was the top individual finisher.
This weekend, Ball State hopes to add to its already impressive season by making a little more history.
Kent State is the lone team to win the MAC Championships since the event began in 1999 and enters as the favorite again this year in the nine-team field. But the Cardinals are one of a handful of teams with aspirations of dethroning the Golden Flashes and grabbing the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA postseason.
Ball State will be able to draw on its recent successes, not only from this year but also from previous league tournaments. The Cardinals have finished among the top 3 in each of the past three years at the MAC Championships, including a runner-up finish last season. Ball State’s Jenna Hague, then a freshman, became just the third non-Kent State golfer ever to win MAC medalist honors a year ago.
Hague is one of four golfers in the Ball State lineup this weekend who also competed last year, joining Perry, Autumn Duke and Zoe Camus. Those four, along with Sarah Westaway, compose an experienced Cardinals group. Head coach Katherine Mowat has penciled those five golfers, in some order, into her lineup for every tournament this year.
Westaway is coming off the top finish of her career at last weekend’s Angola Shootout, where she tied with Hague for second place. 
Hague looks to defend her MAC title this week after a season that has featured five top-5 finishes, including titles at the SCU Colby Invitational and the EKU Colonel Classic. She repeated as champion at the Colonel Classic and is hoping to do the same this weekend.
Ohio is serving as the host school for the MAC Championships, which get underway with 18 holes Friday and continue with the second round Saturday and final round Sunday. Ball State’s five golfers have opening-round tee times scheduled Friday from 9:30 to 10:10 a.m.
Longaberger Golf Club will play to a par-72, 6,073-yard layout for the tournament. Live scoring will be available throughout at golfstat.com.
Bowling Green 
MAC Championships Start Friday for Women's Golf
The Bowling Green State University women’s golf team, coming off arguably their greatest regular season in the history of BGSU women’s golf, will look to continue that success this weekend as they travel to Nashport, Ohio for the Mid-American Conference Championships. The three-day event is hosted by Ohio University at Longaberger Golf from April 26-28.
When the tournament begins on Friday the Falcons, behind head coach Stephanie Young, will feature a lineup of one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman. All but the freshman have experience at the MAC Championships.
The lone senior is Amy Ruthenberg, a Falcon that will be making her third appearance at the MAC Championships. Ruthenberg is third on the team with a 78.47 scoring average and is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes, ending the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational tied for ninth and finishing seventh at the Angola Shootout.
Junior Bailey Arnold will also be competing in her third MAC Championship. Arnold leads the team with a 77.25 scoring average, which according to www.mac-sports.com, places her sixth in the conference in scoring average. Arnold has four top-5 finishes this season (Cleveland State Invitational, Butler Fall Invitational, The Preview and the Colonel Classic).
Sophomores Patricia Holt and Shelby Wilson, while young, will each be competing in their second league championship. Holt is second on the team with a 78.44 scoring average and is playing some of her best golf of the season, coming off a fourth-place finish at the Angola Shootout last weekend. Holt also has top-5 finishes at the Ursuline Tournament, Cleveland State Invitational and Butler Fall Invitational. Fans can also view a two minute with Holt at the bottom of this page.
Wilson finished tied for 28th at last year’s MAC Championship. This season she enters play with a 78.55 scoring average. The sophomore’s best tournaments came at the Butler Fall Invitational (finished fourth) and the Rio Verde Intercollegiate (finished fifth).
The final Falcon competing this weekend is freshman Lily Bartell. In her first year as a Falcon she averaged 78.95, the third lowest scoring average by a freshman in school history. Bartell’s top accomplishments this season are a ninth-place finish at Cleveland State, finishing 10th at the Butler Fall Invitational and 13th at The Preview.
That finish at The Preview is an important one. That tournament, which was held back on Oct. 15-16, was held at the same location as this week’s events ... Longaberger Golf Club. Back in October the Falcons finished second of 15 teams at The Preview, an event that also featured eight teams from the MAC. Ball State won the event with a 621, followed by BGSU with a team score of 624.
Eastern Michigan 
Women's Golf Looks for First MAC Championship Crown

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Eastern Michigan University women's golf team will compete at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at The Longaberger Golf and Country Club in Nashport, Ohio. The three-day event will be played to a par-72 for the nine MAC schools which sponsor women's golf – Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.
EMU is scheduled to tee off Friday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. and will be paired with Northern Illinois and Ball State University.
Longaberger Golf Club, which opened in 1999 and was designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills. The course is defined by panoramic natural beauty, rolling hills and immaculate playing conditions. Among the most dramatic holes on Longaberger's 7,243-yard parkland-style layout is the par-5, No. 4 that plays 565 yards from the tees with a 150-foot elevation drop from tee to green.
Although Ohio University is hosting the tournament, it is the Eagles who should be excited about the location.  The MAC Preview was played at Longaberger's on Oct. 16, and the Green and White had an excellent showing, with Meredith Fairbairn (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada-Westside Secondary School) and Sarah Johnson (Wixom, Mich.-Walled Lake Central) both finishing in the top 10, and placing third as a team only tallying mere four more strokes than the winning Ball State.
Back in 2011, the last time the MAC Championship was played at the Nashport, Ohio course, the Eagles and Johnson both had fantastic outings.  The Eagles took second overall and Johnson shot a 216 to win the event, becoming the first EMU player to capture the individual medalist honors since the program began in the 1996-97 campaign. 
At last year's MAC Championship, Eastern Michigan University finished in fourth place with a three-day cumulative score of 951 (310-325-316). Kent State captured its 14th consecutive league title, finishing at 44-over par 908 (301-307-300) on the par 72, 6,127 yard Hawthorns Golf & Country Club course in Fisher, Indiana.  EMU senior Shannon Warner (Livonia, Mich.-Livonia Churchill-Michigan State) finished in seventh place with a 14-over 230 (73-80-77) while Johnson tied for 11th with a 236 (79-80-77).
The winner of the 2013 MAC Championship will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA regional round, May 9-11, at one of the three regional locations to be determined.
Kent State
Kent State is back in action, April 26-28, at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships in Nashport, Ohio. The Golden Flashes will aim capture their 15th consecutive MAC crown. 
Northern Illinois
NIU Women's Golf Team Set for MAC Championships 
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team travels to Nashport, Ohio to open play in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships at the Longaberger Golf Club Friday. 
“The team has seen the course before, so that’s a good thing,” said NIU head coach Kim Kester. “We’re excited to get there, do well and end on a high note.” 
Opened in 1999, Longaberger has been named the No. 1 public golf course in the state of Ohio from 2002-12 by Golf Week magazine. The MAC's 45 golfers will play a course that is 6,075 yards long and plays a par of 72. Northern Illinois will be playing with Ball State and Eastern Michigan Friday with the first group teeing off at 8:30 a.m. CT.   
Live scoring will be available and results will be posted to NIUHuskies.com at the conclusion of play each day. Weather will not be a factor as the forecast calls for clear skies and temps in the mid to upper 60s all weekend long. 
Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) and Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) lead the way for the Huskies. Parthie is averaging a team-best 79.1, while Niemiec, who is shooting 81.3 on the season, has finished in the top 20 in all four tournaments this spring, including an eighth-place finish at the Falcon Invitational. 
“Everyone is having a good year, but Jenny has stepped up,” Kester said. “All her hard work has paid off. Allie, being the lone senior, has really stepped it up when it counts. I look for her to have a successful MAC Championship.” 
Parthie, a senior, has the most experience at Longaberger than any Huskie playing seven rounds at the course during her career, averaging 81. She turned in her best performance at Longaberger earlier this season at the 2012 MAC Preview where she shot a first round 76 and final round 77, her two lowest scores at the course. Parthie shot a 246 (83-82-81) at the 2011 MAC Championships held at Longaberger. 
Freshman Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who is averaging an 80.3 in 16 rounds of golf this season. She shot a 161 (81-80) at the 2012 MAC Preview and has three top 10 finishes on the season. Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who will be the first Huskie to tee off Friday, is averaging 82.1 
Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) rounds out the Huskie competitors. She is averaging 83.3 on the season and turned in her best finish of the season at the IPFW Spring Classic where she finished 13th and shot a season-low 157 including a season-best 77 in the final round of play. 
Women’s Golf to Host MAC Championships April 26-28
ATHENS, Ohio – From April 26-28, the Ohio University women’s golf team will host the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. The three-round tournament will begin on Friday morning and will continue into Sunday afternoon. 
Longaberger Golf Club was the site of the 2012 Fall Preview in October. The club was ranked No. 56 in the United States among roughly 13,500 public access courses in Golf  Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. Golfweek Magazine rated Longaberger Golf Club No. 1 in Ohio in its recent 2010 state-by-state rankings. At its longest, the course plays 7,243 yards. For the purposes of the MAC Championships, it will be laid out in a similar manner as the Fall Preview, playing a par of 72 over 6,073 yards. 
The nine MAC teams (Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan) will play a practice round on Thursday before opening official competition on Friday morning. On each of the three days of competition, the driving range will open at 6:30 a.m. with first golfers taking to the tees at 7:50 a.m. The tournament will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with a BBQ lunch and awards presentation at 1 p.m. 
Ohio enters the MAC Championships following a seventh-place finish at the Angola Shootout on April 20. Lauren McKinzie (Medina, Ohio) led the way for the Green and White at the tournament, tying for 16th with a career-low score of 79. This marked the first time in the freshman’s career at Ohio when she finished within the top 20 of a tournament field. Tied with her, but on the individual side of the tournament, was Kristen Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio). Helmsdoerfer shot a 42 on the front nine and cut five strokes when she made her way around the back nine, hitting a 37 to end with a score of 79. 
The Bobcats earned seventh at last season’s MAC Championships, shooting a three-round team score of 330 to finish just three strokes out of the top five. Kent State placed first, winning its 14th consecutive league title. 

Rockets to Compete in 2013 MAC Championship This Weekend at Longaberger Golf Club

TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo women’s golf program will compete in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship this weekend in Nashport, OH. The three-day tournament includes nine schools and will be held on Friday-Sunday, April 26-28 at the par-72, 6,075-yard Longaberger Golf Club. The event will consist of three rounds with 18 holes being played each day. 
Freshman Sathika Ruenreong ranks fifth in the conference with a team-best 76.9 stroke average and has registered a Top 15 finish in nine of 12 tournaments this season. Junior Kate Hoops is right behind Ruenreong with a 77.0 mark that is seventh in the MAC. 
Also slated to compete in UT’s lineup this weekend will be sophomore Jennifer Elsholz (77.9), freshman Manisa Isavas (78.1) and senior Allison Schultz (78.5). 
Elsholz led Toledo to a fourth-place finish at The Preview at Longaberger in October by tying for a career-best third place with a career-low eight-over par 152 (77-75). Ruenreong finished on the heels of Elsholz with an eighth-place showing at 10-over par 154 (77-77).

“We’ve had a great season, and we are excited to be competing in the MAC Championship this weekend,” Toledo Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “This team has been wonderful to coach, and I’m looking forward to see how we stack up against the best that the MAC has to offer.”
Kent State is the only school to win the MAC Women’s Golf Championship in its 14-year history and is the favorite to win the tournament again this year. The Golden Flashes are ranked No. 77 in Golfstat’s national rankings followed by Eastern Michigan (104), Toledo (108), Bowling Green (126), Ball State (131), Western Michigan (147), Akron (174), Northern Illinois (187) and Ohio (201).
The Rockets’ previous finishes at the MAC Championships have included one second-place (2006), six third-place (1999, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012), four fourth-place (2000, 2001, 2004, 2007), two fifth-place (2005, 2009) and one sixth-place (2011) finish.
Western Michigan 
Golf Finishes Sixth in Final Tune Up Before Conference Championship 

ANGOLA, Ind. - The final tune up before the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships resulted in a sixth place finish for Western Michigan golf at the inaugural Angola Invitational on Saturday.
During an event that was originally scheduled  for 36 holes and was delayed three times due to snow on the course and cold weather, the Broncos battled through 18 holes to finish 16 just shots back of team champion Ball State (308).
Highlighting the round/tournament for the Broncos was Kaylee Imel's tie for seventh place, her third top-10 finish of the 2012-13 season.  Imel carded a 5-over par 77 to finish alongside four other golfers in the individual standings.
Claiming medalist in the field of 51 golfers was Ariel Sparrow from Cleveland State, the only non-MAC team at the event.  Sparrow carded a 2-over par 74 to outlast Ball State's Jenna Hague and Sarah Westaway who each finished one stroke off the pace.
The only date left on WMU golf's schedule is the 2013 MAC Championships to be held next weekend (April 26-28) at the Longaberger Golf Course in Nashport, Ohio.