Story Written by MAC Intern Kevin Sraj
Nine MAC schools will participate in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championship hosted by the University of Toledo. The three day event will take place at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers, Indiana.
Returning champion Kent State looks to win their 13th straight MAC title. Martina Gavier is the Golden Flashes leading golfer with a 75.9 scoring average. Kent State is coming off a fourth place finish at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational with a team score of 947. Shamira Marshall paced the Golden Flashes with a score of 234 which was tied for sixth place. Kent State also has three of the top five ranked golfers in the MAC. Gavier along with Mercedes Germino and Sarah Bradley are ranked second, third and fourth respectively.
The Univeristy of Toledo will look to continue their fine season as they host the MAC Championship. The Rockets have recorded two first place finishes this season at the Lady Herd Spring Classic and the Falcon Invitational. Toledo led by leading scorer Michelle Hui (77.6 stroke average), will look to win their first golf title. The best the Rockets have finised in the MAC finals was second back in 2006.
Working on three straight top five finishes, the University of Akron looks to use their momentum to capture the MAC title. The Zips best finish was when they placed second out of 21 at the First Merit Bank Intercollegiate. Sophomore Kristen Hill has he sixth best scoring average in the conference this season with a 75.72 average.
The Ball State Cardinals are led into the final tournament by the MAC's leading scorer sophomore Brittany Kelly (75.21 stroke average). The Cardinals are tied for the third most top ten finishes in the MAC with 7. Ball State finished first at Hawthorn Golf and Country Club at the Toledo Mid-American Conference Tournament Preview in October.
As returning runners up, the Eagles of Eastern Michigan look to take the next step and take first place in this year's championship tournament. EMU comes into the MAC championship with the second best team stroke average (306.68) and the second best individual stroke average (76.67) in the conference. Junior Darby Peters and her 75.72 stroke average is fifth best in the MAC this season.
Northern Illinois sends five golfers to the Championship tournament. Leading the way is senior Kim Hunley. Hunley has fiinished in the top five three times this season. Her stroke average of 78.3 leads the Huskies going into the MAC final. The team as a whole has finished in the top five on five different occasions.
The Ohio Bobcats come into the MAC Championship after finishing third in the Falcon Invitational. This was OU's best finish on the year which included four other top five finishes. The Bobcats have a season stroke average of 323.25. Sophomore Megan Weaver leads the way with a 78.42 stroke average.
Bowling Green comes into the MAC Championship after hosting the Falcon Invitational last weekend. In the tournament, freshman Susy Grunden finished fifth overall which was her third top five finish this season. Grunden enters the final tournament of the MAC season with a 78.78 stroke average.
Rounding out the field of eight is Western Michigan who looks to improve on their third place finish from last year. The Broncos are led by senior Elise Swartout and Junior Britney Hamilton who are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the conference in stroke average.
Check out the 2010 MAC Women's Golf Championship site for up to date results.