Oct. 17, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota women's golf team returns to action this weekend at the 2013 Hoosier Fall Invitational at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind.
|Hoosier Fall Invitational|
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 19-Sunday, Oct. 20|
|Course||Hickory Stick Golf Club (website)|
|Course Info||Par 71; 6,062-yard course|
|Friday (Oct. 18)||Practice Round|
|Saturday (Oct. 19)||9 a.m. ET -- 1st & 2nd Rounds | 36 holes of continuous play|
|Sunday (Oct. 20)
||8:30 a.m. ET -- 3rd Round | Awards Ceremony Immediately Following Play|
Ball State, Boston College, UC Davis, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ilinois State, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Toledo, Xavier
Gophers Expected to Compete
Minnesota will send the following golfers to the Hoosier Fall Invitational: Anna Laorr, Carmen Laguna, Banchalee Theinthong, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Emie Peronnin. The Gophers' lineup is identical to Minnesota's lineup from the Minnesota Invitational and the Windy City Collegiate Classic earlier this season. Additionally, Sophie Kitchen and Taylor Quinn will compete as individuals at this weekend's tournament.
Last Year at the Hoosier Fall Invitational
Last year's Hoosier Fall Invitational was one of Minnesota's most successful outings of the season with the team finishing third at the event and several Gophers recording career performances. The third-place finish was Minnesota's best of the season and the highest since the 2010-11 team finished third at the NCAA Regional.
Individually, Carmen Laguna fell just four strokes shy of taking home medalist honors with a three-day card of 217 (69-73-75) and stood alone in second place. Her card of 217 is a career-low, bettering the previous low by six strokes. Sarinee Thitiratanakorn finished in a tie for ninth place, collecting the first top-10 finish of her collegiate career, with a 54-hole score of 225 (75-71-79).
It's worth noting, however, that last year's tournament was held at Belterra Resort in Florence, Ind., while this year's event has moved to Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind.
Minnesota head coach Michele Redman is an alum of Indiana, where she was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, a two-time All-American and the medalist of the 1987 Big Ten Championships.
Redman led the team in stroke average in two of her four seasons in Bloomington and helped the Hoosiers claim two Big Ten Conference titles. IU also competed in three NCAA Championships in her time on campus, including an 11th place finish at the 1985 Championships.
Minnesota head coach Michele Redman -- now in her third year at the helm of the Gopher women's golf program -- checked in ahead of this weekend's tournament in Indiana.
"We've had a lot of great practice rounds since the Windy City Collegiate Classic, and we're excited to get back on the course in another competitive tournament," Redman said. "We had a great performance at this tournament last year, and with the new course, our team is looking forward to this weekend."
Practice for the Big Ten
In addition to this weekend's tournament, the Gophers will also trek to French Lick, Ind., on Friday to play a practice round at the French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course. The course will host the 2014 Big Ten Championships next spring on April 25-27. Minnesota will play a round in French Lick on Friday morning before heading back to Greenwood for an afternoon practice round at Hickory Stick Golf Club.
Last Time Out
Carmen Laguna paced the University of Minnesota women's golf team with a tie for 41st place as the Gophers finished 13th in a stacked field at the Windy City Collegiate Classic.
Laguna was part of a five-way tie for 41st after firing a 76 in her final round after scoring a pair of 74s on Monday. Laguna finished the tournament at +11, 224.
Three shots back from Laguna, Banchalee Theinthong and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn each carded a +14, 227 at Northmoor Country Club as part of a four-way tie for 50th. Theinthong opened the event with a 76 on Monday morning and a 72 on Monday afternoon before closing the tournament with a 79 on Tuesday. Thitiratanakorn, meanwhile, shot 74s on Monday and Tuesday morning with a 79 on Monday afternoon.
Rounding out the Gophers scores this week were Emie Peronnin and Anna Laorr, tied for 64th and tied for 66th, respectively. Peronnin fired a 79-80-57--234 for the tournament to finish +21 while Laorr finished one shot back at 78-79-78--235.
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