Herd to Compete at Nittany Lion Invitational

Freshman Leigha Holt (Holly Springs, N.C.) is the Herd's sole newcomer for 2014-15.
Oct. 2, 2014

Oct. 3-5, 2014 | Host: Penn State
University Park, Pa. | Penn State – Blue Course
Live Scoring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Coming off a 23-day hiatus, Marshall women’s golf will compete at the Nittany Lion Invitational beginning on Friday at Penn State’s Blue Course in University Park, Pa. The three-day tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. each day with split tee times on Friday and Saturday and a shotgun start on Sunday.

Live scoring will be available through BirdieFire and final results will be posted to HerdZone.com.

Last time out, Marshall women’s golf senior Korakot Simsiriwong (Narathiwat, Thailand) finished in a two-way tie for 15th in the final round of the Redbird Invitational at Weibring Golf Club (Sept. 8).

Totaling 13-over-par 229 after three 18-hole rounds, Simsiriwong tied with Ally Scaccia who competed as an individual from Bradley University. Marshall posted a 92-over 956 in its first outing of 2014, placing 14th in a 16-team field.

Quotes by Coach Tiffany Prats:

On the team’s first outing at the Redbird Invitational:
“This week was full of ups and downs. As a team we were second in the field with 27 birdies which shows we can compete, but we have to eliminate the big numbers. Overall, this week is just the starting point to a very long year. We will get better every week. We have to focus on getting four countable scores in the 70s.”



On senior Korakot Simsiriwong’s performance at the Redbird Invitational:
“Korakot played great in the first round and put herself in contention. The more she is in this position the better she will get at closing.”

Joining Marshall in the 14-team field are fellow Conference USA member Old Dominion, host Penn State, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Akron, William & Mary, Yale, Harvard, Maryland, Georgetown, Bucknell, Princeton and Western Michigan.

Penn State Blue Course – Par 72 – 6,328 yards

Tiffany Prats was named Marshall’s women’s golf coach in July of 2014. Prats came to the Herd after three seasons as Maryland's assistant coach. Prats helped lead the Terps to four team victories, an individual win and a spot in the 2012 NCAA Regionals. Prior to her stint at Maryland, Prats spent two seasons at San Diego State. During her time with the Aztecs, SDSU had three team tournament victories and two individual titles. The Aztecs made back-to-back NCAA regional appearances for the first time in school history in her two seasons there.

Prats added Brian Levi as assistant coach in August of 2014. Levi, son of PGA Tour and Champions Tour veteran Wayne Levi, is a former Florida Gulf Coast University golfer. After graduating in 2010, he played on multiple mini tours in Florida and in the Northeast for three years. He also competed on The Fusion Tour in East Florida and on the West Florida Professional Golf Tour.

Keep up with the latest news about Herd men’s and women’s golf by following the teams’ official Twitter page: @HerdMWGolf, @HerdZone on Instagram and by liking Marshall University Athletics on Facebook.

The Herd will tee off at East Carolina’s Lady Pirate Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C. (Oct. 13-14). For all the latest information about Marshall women’s golf, follow @HerdMWGolf on Twitter.