April 18, 2008
BIG EAST Golf Championship Central
As BIG EAST golfers finish preparations for the 2008 BIG EAST Golf Championships to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 20-22, the conference announced the seedings for this year's championship. The men's championship will be played at the par 72, 7,103-yard Traditions Golf Course in Hebron, Ky. The women will play the par 72, 6,080-yard Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia, Ohio.
Men's seeding is a random, blind draw by conference staff. Seton Hall was selected as the No. 1 seed, followed by USF at No. 2, Marquette at No. 3, Connecticut at No. 4 and Cincinnati at No. 5. Louisville is slotted sixth, Villanova seventh, Notre Dame, Georgetown and St. John's round out the top 10. Rutgers is 11th and DePaul 12th.
On the women's side, Notre Dame, ranked No. 23 in the Golfstat rankings, earns the top seed. Last year's champion Louisville follows at No.2. USF at No. 3, host Cincinnati at No. 4 and Georgetown at No. 5, with St. John's and Rutgers the sixth and seventh seeds.
Here's a look at each team as they head into the conference championship:
Cincinnati: The Bearcat men's team finished 13th at the UK Bluegrass Invitational with a three-round total of 942 (219-219-304). Junior Blake Tucker was the low UC player in a tie for 37th with a 233 (78-79-76). UC placed in the top 10 in three tournaments this spring, including a win at the UC Spring Invitational March 31-April 1. Freshman Joe Kastelic led the squad at three of its four events.
The Bearcat women's team did not compete last weekend as they prepared for the BIG EAST Championship on its home course. Cincinnati won the UC Spring Invitational held at Elks Run by 47 strokes, with freshman Bambee Dela Paz earning medalist honors at 228.
Connecticut (Men): The Huskies finished 15th at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational April 11-13. UConn shot rounds of 300, 304 and 309 to finish with a 913. Senior A.J. Siekierski was the low UConn finisher at 11-over 224 (77-70-77). The Huskies finished in the top 10 in three of their five spring tournaments. Their best finish was sixth place at the Charleston Southern Spring Kick-Off Tournament. Seniors Brian Travalja and A.J. Siekierski each led UConn at a pair of meets.
DePaul (Men): The Blue Demons finished fifth after rounds of 304 and 320 at the Fighting Illini Spring Invite April 12-13. Junior Nick Martin earned runner-up medalist with a five-over 149 (75-74). DPU placed in the top 10 in four events this spring, with fifth place finishes coming at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational and the Fighting Illini Spring Invitational.
Georgetown: The Hoyas carded a 901 (300-303-298) to finish 13th at the Princeton Invitational April 12-13. Sophomore Vincenzo Salina led GU, tying for 23rd at 221 (79-71-71). Georgetown recorded three top 10 finishes this spring. Its best finish was a tie for sixth at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate with a 586 total. GU picked up a seventh place finish at the Lacrosse Homes Invitational and a 10th at the William & Mary Invitational.
The GU women fired rounds of 346, 327 and 324 to finish fifth at the Roar EE Invitational April 11-12. Junior Chelsea Curtis finished in seventh after rounds of 81, 81 and 78 for a three-round total of 240. Earlier this season, Georgetown also placed fifth at the Hoya Invitational with rounds of 310, 315 and 325. Junior Carly Hunt led the team with a 12-over 228 to tie for sixth. Curtis finished fourth with a 155 at the NIU/Springlake Classic in the spring's second event.
Louisville: The Cardinals finished seventh with a 917 (313-307-297) at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 12-13. Senior Adam Rainaud led Louisville with a tie for fifth. Rainaud carded rounds of 77, 75 and 71 for a 10-over 223. Senior Derek Fathauer is ranked 41st in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings with a 72.12 scoring average. The Cardinals return all five student-athletes from last year's squad that won the BIG EAST Championship. UofL finished in the top 10 in all six tournaments this year, including a win at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate March 24-25.
The Louisville women were not in action over the weekend as they prepare for BIG EAST Championship. The Cardinals have finished in the top eight at all five tournaments this spring. Louisville claimed the team title with an 871 at the Canes and Cardinal Classic, while junior Cindy LaCrosse earned medalist with a four-under 212. UofL earned runner-up finishes at the Papa John's Collegiate and the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational to begin the spring.
Marquette (Men): The Golden Eagles wrapped up their regular season with a fourth-place finish at the Palisades Collegiate April 15-16. MU carded rounds of 294, 285 and 291 for an 870 total. Junior Mike Van Sickle and senior Michael Bielawski each posted three-round totals of four-under 212. Van Sickle is currently ranked No. 16 in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings with a scoring average of 70.72. He claimed medalist honors at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational. As a team, the Golden Eagles have recorded runner-up finishes at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational and the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate. They also finished fourth at the Marshall Invitational and 10th at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
Notre Dame: The Notre Dame men earned their best finish of the season in the final tournament before the BIG EAST Championship. At the Irish Invitational April 5, ND carded rounds of 288 and 282 to finish with a second place finish of 570. Senior Eddie Peckels earned a share of his first collegiate title with a three-under 139 at the event.
The Irish women were not in action last week and finished in the top five in three of their four spring tournaments. They claimed the team title at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational with rounds of 294, 290 and 291 to win by 20 strokes. Freshman So-Hyun Park earned medalist honors at the event and was runner-up medalist at the Canes and Cardinal Classic. She is currently ranked No. 14 in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings and the team is ranked No. 23 in the Golfstat NCAA head-to-head standings.
Rutgers: The RU men finished ninth at the Princeton Invitational with rounds of 299, 294 and 295. Sophomore James Arbes tied for ninth at three-over 216 (77-67-72). The Scarlet Knights' two other spring tournament results included a tie for 12th at the Lacrosse Homes Invitational and a 14th place showing at the Yale Spring Opener.
Freshman Jeanne Waters led Rutgers in all three spring tournaments with an 81.44 average. The Scarlet Knights finished 11th at the Roar EE Invitational with a three-round total of 1,068. They also finished 11th at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational with a total of 1,030.
St. John's: The Red Storm capped the regular season with a four-stroke win at the Princeton Invitational. Senior Keegan Bradley and sophomore Evan Beirne each carded a two-under 211. Beirne fired rounds of 70, 68 and 73, while Bradley shot 70, 66 and 75. STJ also won the team title at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate with a four-under 572. Earlier this season Bradley earned medalist honors at the Palmas Del Mar Intercollegiate with a five-under 211 and at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate with a six-under 138.
The STJ women's best finish of fourth came at the NIU/Springlake Invitational to open the spring. The squad fired rounds of 321 and 335 to finish with a 656. Senior Brittany Lambertson tied for seventh with a 159 (79-80). The Red Storm also finished in the top 10 in its other two tournaments of the spring; a seventh-place finish at the Hoya Invitational and an eighth at the Roar EE Invitational.
Seton Hall (Men): The Pirates, who were not in action last week, finished seventh, ninth and 11th at their three spring tournaments. Senior Kyle Morris tied for second at the Lonnie D. Small Spring Classic with a two-under 142. Morris and junior John Zur each shot a two-over 146 at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate.
USF: The USF men's team notched its best finish of the spring at the Palmas Del Mar Intercollegiate with a tie for third at 884 (295-299-290). Senior Jason Elliot was the low Bull with a one-under 215. Senior Tyler Hitchcock has led the squad at three meets with an average for the season of 72.93.
After finishing 10th at their first three tournaments of the spring, the USF women finished in seventh at the Canes and Cardinal Classic with an 893 (296-299-298). Senior Christina Jones led the team with an even-par 216 and tied for second. Earlier this season, Jones led the team at the Qdoba Invitational and the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational.
Villanova (Men): VU concluded its regular season with a 14th place finish (907: 294-301-312) at the Princeton Invitational. Freshman Colin List tied for 21st at seven-over 220 to lead the team. The Wildcats best spring finish was a tie for 11th at the Palmas Del Mar Intercollegiate. VU carded rounds of 318, 305 and 308 for a three-round total of 931. Freshman Colin List has led Villanova at Palmas Del Mar, Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate and the Princeton Invitational. Junior Doug Stadler led the team at the First Market Bank Intercollegiate and the George Washington Invitational.