Bucknell Women's Golf Tees Off Monday at Big South Championship
April 12, 2009
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell women's golf team has completed its practice round and is now set for its seventh appearance at the Big South Championship. The three-day, 54-hole championship gets underway Monday morning at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C. Bucknell is the No. 6 seed among the nine competing teams, and the Bison will tee off alongside No. 4 Gardner-Webb and No. 5 Radford beginning at 8:45 a.m.
The tournament's top seed is Coastal Carolina, based on its league-best Golfweek national ranking of 98. Winthrop is seeded second, followed by defending champion Charleston Southern. High Point is seeded seventh and Holy Cross eighth, while second-year Big South member Presbyterian will participate but will not count its scores in the standings due to its Division I transitional status.
Bucknell enjoyed its very best Big South performance on this same course a year ago. Buoyed by a final-round 315, the Bison shot 973 for the tournament to trail only Charleston Southern (931), Coastal Carolina (935) and Winthrop (944).
Previously in Big South play, the Bison finished sixth in 2003 and 2004, fifth in 2005 and 2006, and seventh in 2007 when several members of the team battled the flu.
The Patriot is hosting the Big South Women's Golf Championship for the third time, as the course also hosted the 2005 event that was won by Coastal Carolina. Bucknell shot a then-school-record 315 in the first round that year and ended up in fifth place (315-324-331).
The Bison have averaged 323.8 in six previous tournament rounds at The Patriot.
Only two of Bucknell's five starters this week played in last year's championship. Sophomore Katie Jurenovich and senior Deirdre Moran were both part of the fourth-place finish in 2008. Jurenovich, then a freshman, closed with a season-best 77 and finished T-8th, one spot away from earning All-Big South honors. She had rounds of 78-80-77, while Moran shot 87-82-83.
Jurenovich and Moran will be joined this year by three promising members of the freshman class -- Minjoo Lee, Kelsey Meybin and Brittany Rendell -- each of whom has been a regular in the lineup all season.
Jurenovich, Meybin and Rendell are all coming off solid finishes at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at Oklahoma last week. Jurenovich closed with a 77, Meybin an 81 and Rendell 82.
The Big South Champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.