Women's Golf Spring Preview

Feb. 3, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. — After nearly four months since their last tournament, the KU women’s golf team returns to action this spring with five events against some of the best competition in the country. The Jayhawks will travel to Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio this spring before heading to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the Big 12 Championship in late April.

The Jayhawks open the spring season in Parrish, Fla., where they will compete in the Central District Invitational, Feb. 16-17. In 2006, KU finished in seventh place at the Invitational, which is again being held at the Wilderness Golf Club.

After a week off, the Jayhawks will head to Rio Verde, Ariz., to compete in the Rio Verde Collegiate, March 6-8. Hosted by Western Michigan, the tournament will be held at the 18-hole Quail Run course at Rio Verde Country Club, which opened in 2007.

The team then heads south to Athens, Ga., where they will compete in the Liz Murphey Collegiate, March 27-29. Hosted by the University of Georgia, the 37th annual event will be played at the UGA Golf Course.

Coach Erin O’Neil will then take the team to Norman, Okla., where they will compete in the 31st annual Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, April 5-6. The Jayhawks will look to have another strong performance at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, where they finished in third place last spring.

KU next travels to Big 10 country, where it will compete in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, April 18-19. Hosted by Ohio State, the Invitational will be held at the par-71 Scarlet Course at the Ohio State Golf Course Facility.

Kansas’ postseason will begin April 24-26 at the Big 12 Championship at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. The Rawls Course is familiar to the Jayhawks, as the team finished in fifth place at the McHaney/Morehead Invitational in October. The team will look to improve off of last year’s 10th place finish at the Championship.

“I am very excited about our spring tournaments,” said Coach O’Neil. “It is probably one of the most competitive schedules we have had in some time.”

“We will have the chance to compete against some of the best teams in the country, as well as play on some incredible golf courses.”

2009 Spring Schedule

2/16-17 Central District Invitational Parrish, Fla.

3/6-7 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational Rio Verde, Ariz.

3/27-29 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Athens, Ga.

4/5-6 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic Norman, Okla.

4/18-19 Lady Buckeye Invitational Columbus, Ohio

4/24-26 Big 12 Championships Lubbock, Texas

5/7-9 NCAA Regionals TBA

5/19-22 NCAA Championships Owings Mills, Md.