Women's Golf to Open Spring Season at Kiawah Island Classic
Herd to tee off at nation's largest collegiate golf tournament
March 1, 2014
KIAWAH ISLAND CLASSIC
March 2-4, 2014 | Host: College of Charleston
Kiawah Island, S.C. | Oak Point/Cougar Point
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – To open its spring 2014 slate, Marshall will tee off as one of 36 teams in the nation’s largest collegiate golf tournament, the sixth-annual Kiawah Island Classic, hosted by College of Charleston, March 2-4. Competition begins with the first round, March 2, and will continue play over the following two days.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall closed out its fall 2013 slate in exciting fashion as senior Rachel Thompson (Mansfield, Ohio) shot a 2-over-par 72 in the final round of the Dayton Fall Invitational, Oct. 22, to bring home the Thundering Herd’s first individual victory in over a year. Thompson’s final round totaled her two-day score to 147, which helped Marshall earn its second Top-5 finish in the fall.
The Herd improved by 13 strokes in Round 2 to end in fifth place. Its 29-over 309 totaled its two-day score to 631. Marshall had the second-most birdies of the tournament (15) behind the tournament team victor Detroit (17), as well as the third-best par 5 scoring (5.25).
Tournament play will begin Sunday, March 2, as each team will play 18 holes on either Oak Point or Cougar Point with double tee times from 9:45 a.m. – 12:06 p.m. Teams will play the opposite course on Monday, March 3, on an adjusted schedule from 9 – 11:15 a.m. (in case of weather). The Top 19 teams will play for the championship at Cougar Point on Tuesday, March 4, while the other 17 teams will play a flight championship at Oak Point with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
The Kiawah Island Classic is the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country, with 36 teams competing: Arkansas State, Bethune Cookman, Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Delaware, Elon, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, High Point, Jacksonville State, Kent State, Loyola Chicago, Marshall, Newberry, Niagara, North Florida, Northern Kentucky, UNCG, Penn State, Radford, Richmond, Rutgers, Samford, St. John’s, Tennessee Tech, Towson, Troy, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky, William & Mary and Wyoming.
GOLF WORLD/NIKE GOLF COACHES DIVISION I POLL (as of Feb. 26, 2014)
No. 30 Arkansas State
GOLFWEEK WOMEN’S TEAM COLLEGIATE RANKINGS (as of Feb. 24, 2014)
No. 40 Kent State, No. 55 College of Charleston, No. 70 Chattanooga, No. 73 Penn State, No. 89 Jacksonville State and No. 91 Samford
GOLFSTAT.COM WOMEN’S RANKINGS (as of Feb. 19, 2014)
No. 38 Kent State, No. 45 College of Charleston, No. 71 Chattanooga, No. 74 Penn State and No. 97 Samford
SURVEYING THE COURSE
Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Cougar Point Course – Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 6,001 yards
Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Oak Point Course – Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 5,902 yards
Marshall will head to Sevierville, Tenn. to compete in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee Tech, March 16-18.