LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell Golf Club is still snow-covered and the temperatures have been frigid in the Northeast, but the Bison women's golf team will make its 2014 spring debut on Sunday at the Kiawah Island Classic, which is the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country. Bucknell will be one of 36 teams competing on the Oak Point and Cougar Point courses at Kiawah. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.
Joining the Bison in the field will be Arkansas State, Bethune Cookman, Boston College, Boston University, 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.
Five teams are currently ranked in Golfweek's Top 100: No. 40 Kent State, No. 55 College of Charleston, No. 70 Chattanooga, No. 73 Penn State, No. 89 Jacksonville State and No. 91 Samford.
Teams will play either Oak Point and Cougar Point in Sunday's opening round and then switch courses for round two on Monday. For Tuesday's final round, the top 19 teams will play in the championship flight at Cougar Point, while the remaining teams will finish up at Oak Point.
The Bison have been taking advantage of the Bachman Golf Center to work on their games during these cold winter months. Playing for the Bison will be seniors Lauren Bernard, Kasha Scott and Bridget Wilcox, junior Emily Timmons and freshman Ellie McGuire. Wilcox led the Bison with a 77.9 scoring average in the fall, followed by Bernard at 78.9.
This will be the sixth consecutive season that Bucknell has competed in this event. The Bison finished 27th here last year, but in 2012 they made the championship cut for the first time and finished in 13th place out of 33 teams. Highlighting that week was a terrific 298 team total at Cougar Point in round two, paced by a 73 from Wilcox and a 74 from Scott.
Next up for the Bison will be a spring break trip to Las Vegas, where they will host the Third Annual Bison Invitational at Paiute on March 10-11.