March 9, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s golf travels to Hattiesburg, Miss. to play in the 19th annual Lady Eagle Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
The 36-hole tournament is being held at the Hattiesburg Country Club, a par-72, 6,111-yard course that was opened in 1959. After a practice round on Sunday, the competition will begin with an 18-hole first round at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and follow with another 18 holes on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
“The Hattiesburg Country Club is a good course and a fun course,” said head coach Meredith Knight Rowsey. “It can be difficult because it plays kind of long, but the greens are really receptive. They held the conference tournament there a few years ago and we set the all-time lowest team round in Marshall’s history. We are really excited and my expectations are high.”
Along with Marshall and tournament host, Southern Miss, the tournament field will consist of Austin Peay, Belmont, Jackson State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, New Orleans, South Alabama, Stephen F. Austin, Tennessee Tech, Troy, UAB, UT-Pan America, West Florida, and William Carey. Troy will be returning to the course as the reigning tournament champions.
“We’re excited because we have a lot of friends who will be there,” remarked Rowsey on playing against other Conference USA schools. “Our teams all get along really well and it’s fun to play with them.”
Marshall will be traveling five golfers for the invitational including red-shirt senior Maria Battaglia, senior twin sisters Caitlyn and Kristyn Morrone, junior Rachel Thompson, and sophomores Megan DiDomenico and Korakot Simsiriwong.
Previously being a former golfer at Starkville Academy in the southern region of Mississippi, Simsiriwong will get a homecoming during the Lady Eagle Invitational. The Thailand native attended Starkville Academy from 7th to 12th grade and was awarded the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Woman Player of the Year twice during her high school career (2008 & 2010).
“I am very excited to be back in Mississippi and play on a home-like course,” said Simsiriwong. “I am also excited to see my family and have support of my friends and swing coach from my hometown. I feel that we have the potential to bring back the win to Huntington.”