Providence, R.I. – The BIG EAST golf season is in its final week of regular-season play as the teams get ready for the 2011 BIG EAST Golf Championships. The 2011 BIG EAST Golf Championships will be held at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort April 16-19 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Nine of the men’s teams hit the links this weekend in preparation for the championship.
Where they will be this week…
Bluegrass Invitational April 9-10 (Lexington, Ky.): Cincinnati
New England Division I Championships April 9-10 (Middletown, R.I.): Connecticut
Princeton Invitational April 9-10 (Princeton, N.J.): Georgetown, Rutgers
Irish Creek Classic April 9-10 (Charlotte, N.C.): Louisville
Hoosier Invitational April 8-10 (Bloomington, Ind.): Marquette
Battle at the Warren April 12 (Notre Dame, Ind.): Notre Dame
River Landing Intercollegiate April 8-9 (Wallace, N.C.): St. John’s, Seton Hall
Idle: DePaul, Villanova
Brown Invitational April 10-11 (Barrington, R.I.): St. John’s
Idle: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton Hall
Cincinnati: Cincinnati finished eighth at the Mizzou Intercollegiate on April 4-5. All five of UC’s golfers finished within nine shots of one another and the top four finishers all shot between 235 and 237. Sophomore Zack Bates was the top-finisher, posting rounds of 88-73-74=235 to finish tied for 30th.
The Bearcats compete at the Bluegrass Invitational hosted by Kentucky on April 9-10 in Lexington, Ky.
Connecticut: The Huskies did not compete last week. In the team’s last tournament, Connecticut placed 14th at the FAU Spring Break Invitational at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. Junior Matthew Dziubina was the top finisher, placing 24th with a three-round score of 220 (+4).
The Huskies will compete at the New England Division I Championships hosted by Providence College. The event will take place at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, R.I., on April 9-10.
DePaul: The Blue Demons placed three golfers in the top 20 at the Mizzou Intercollegiate on April 4-5 to finish in a tie for fifth at the tournament. DePaul’s tie for fifth marked its best finish of the season. Maximillian Mayer led the team in a tie for 16th, carding rounds of 78-79-75=232 to notch his first career top-25 finish. Russell Budd and Ben Westley tied for 20th-place with three-round totals of 233.
The Blue Demons next compete at the BIG EAST Championships April 17-19.
Georgetown: Georgetown was seventh of 20 teams at the Wildcat Invitational on April 3-4. The Hoyas finished with a two-round total of 615 (+47). Senior co-captain Danny Hathway was the Hoyas’ top finisher, tying for 13th with a 149 (+7).
GU next competes on April 9-10 in the Princeton Invitational.
Louisville: The Cardinals tied for second at the 17 team UALR/First Tee Classic held at the Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark. The Cardinals shot 295-293-302=890 en route to their best finish this spring during the two day event. They finished eight shots behind Missouri which shot an 882.
Junior Justin Dorward captured the Cardinals’ best finish of the season, placing second in the field of 93. He shot a three-round total of 214.
UofL returns to action at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Charlotte, N.C., on April 9-10.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles did not compete last week. In the team’s last tournament, Marquette finished in a tie for eighth place at the FAU Spring Break Invitational at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. The team finished with a three-round total of 894. Senior Kelly Kretz led the way with a score of 218, including a final round score of 71 (-1).
Marquette next competes in the Hoosier Invitational on April 8-10.
Notre Dame: Notre Dame placed eighth at the LSU National Invitational on April 2-3. The Irish concluded the tournament with a 54-hole score of 917 (+53). Paul McNamara III led the team with a three-round total of 227 (+11) to place 19th.
Notre Dame next competes at the Battle at the Warren on April 12.
Rutgers: Rutgers placed 10th at the Penn Quaker Invitational on April 2-3. Sophomore John Fagan paced the Scarlet Knights in the 14-team event, carding a 152 to finish tied for 12th in the 79-player field. Fagan was minus two on par five scoring and registered 22 pars in the tournament.
Rutgers will take part in the Princeton Invitational on April 9-10.
St. John’s: The Red Storm did not compete last week. In its last tournament, St. John’s withdrew from the Folino Invitational on March 22 after the pace of play in the 10-team field conflicted with the team’s travel arrangements.
The Red Storm entered the day tied for fifth place after shooting 291-301=592 (+24). Cal Poly won the event with a 292-291-284=867 (+15). Cal Poly’s Geoff Gonzalez took the individual title with a 72-70-70=212 (-1).
After the first two rounds, freshman Ryan McCormick was in a six-way tie for first place, shooting 69-73=142 (E). McCormick’s opening-round 2-under 69 tied for the third-best round of the tournament. McCormick eagled hole No. 1 in the first round and recorded birdies on Nos. 6, 9, 11 and 17. In the second round, he eagled hole No. 5 and birdied holes No. 1 and 10.
The Red Storm next compete in the River Landing Intercollegiate April 8-9 at River Landing Country Club.
Seton Hall: The Pirates did not compete last week. In the team’s last tournament, Seton Hall tied for fourth place among 17 teams competing at the Fireline Towson Invitational. The Pirates shot the third-best second round team score with an 11-over-par, 299, to jump from an eighth-place tie following round two to a fourth-place standing. For the three-round event, Seton Hall fired a 53-over-par, 308-299-310=607. Junior John Dawson Neufeldled the Pirates with a 10-over-par, 76-73-77=226.
The Pirates are idle this week. The team next competes at the River Landing Intercollegiate in Wallace, N.C. on April 8-9.
USF: USF wrapped its regular season with a 14th-place finish at the FAU Spring Break Championship two weeks ago and now awaits the BIG EAST Championships, which it will host at the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort from April 17-19.
Villanova: Villanova hosted the Wildcat Invitational on April 3-4 and finished third with a team score of 596. Two Wildcats notched top-five finishes, with sophomore Steve Skurla placing third and junior Brian Colbert tiying for fourth. Skurla, finished the final six holes of his round with four pars, a birdie and a bogie to register a one-under par 70 in the first round. He finished with a two-round total of 142. Colbert notched a 144 (+2).
Villanova next competes at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
Cincinnati: Cincinnati placed fourth at the rain-shortened World Golf Villanova Intercollegiate on April 4-5. Senior Bambee Dela Paz led the Bearcats in seventh place, firing rounds of 77-75=152. Cincinnati shot 325-306=631.
The Bearcats next compete at the BIG EAST Championships April 17-19.
Georgetown: Georgetown hosted the Hoya Invitational April 4-5 at The Members Club at Four Streams. Teams played two rounds at the tournament before rain canceled the final round of play. The Hoyas finished fifth with Audrey Dalton and Joan Dulieu leading the way. Dalton tied for 11th with a score of 158, while Dulieu tied for 14th with a 159.
The Hoyas next compete at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
Louisville: Louisville claimed the team title at the Indiana Invitational on April 4-5. The Cardinals shot rounds of 298 and 295 to finish with a two-round total of 593, beating Eastern Michigan by 22 strokes. Junior Maria Castellanos shot a 72 in the first round and a 73 in the second to capture medalist honors. She is the third Cardinal to finish first in a tournament this season. Senior Sara-Maude Juneau and sophomore Anna-Karin Ljungstrom tied for second with a score of 147.
The Cardinals next compete at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
Notre Dame:Notre Dame finished eighth of 23 teams at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., on April 2-3. The field included five top-10 teams and seven top-25 teams. Nicole Zhang was the leader for the Irish and carded a 78-75-71 in the 54-hole tournament for a 222 (+8) total and finished in 12th place.
The Irish return to action at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
Rutgers:Rutgers finished seventh at the Hoya Invitational on April 4-5, carding a two-round total of 652. Junior Lizzy Carl paced the Scarlet Knights after fiting a 160 to tie for 17th in the 89-player field. Carl was minus one in par five scoring and registered 22 pars.
RU next competes at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
St. John’s: St. John’s finished sixth at the Hoya Invitational on April 4-5, carding a two-round total of 646 (+70). Freshman Harin Lee took second individually, firing a 76-73=149 (+5) to notch her third top-two showing this spring. She has finished in the top 14 in each of her eight collegiate tournaments.
The Red Storm will compete at the Brown Invitational on April 10-11.
Seton Hall:Seton Hall finished 15th at the Hoya Invitational on April 4-5. The Pirates were led by freshman Hannah Basalone, who tied for 11th with a two-round total of 158. Freshman Christina Cantu also notched a top-30 finish by posting scored of 80 and 83 to tie for 28th.
Seton Hall next competes at the BIG EAST Championships on April 17-19.
USF: USF finished 18th at the Ole Miss Intercollegiate over the weekend, carding a three-day total of 942 strokes. The Bulls were led by Shena Yang, who finished in a tie for 12th at 7-over 236. Only three golfers and one team finished the weekend under par at a very tough Ole Miss Golf Course. USF will host the BIG EAST Championships at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort from April 17-19.