Women's Golf |
Oct. 6, 2006
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SETTING THE SCENE: On the heels of two consecutive event victories, the University of Cincinnati returns to action on Oct. 9, participating in the highly competitive Legends of Indiana Shootout. The two-day event will be played at The Legends in Franklin, Ind., with a full field of 18 teams from the BIG EAST, Big 10, Mid-American Conference and others. UC will try to build on a disappointing 15th place finish at last year's edition of the tournament.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: A full field of 18 teams will gather at The Legends in Franklin, Ind. on Oct. 9-10 for the Legends of Indiana Shootout. The tournament field is a diverse one with many different conferences, including the BIG EAST, Big 10 and MAC represented. Teams scheduled to compete include the Bearcats, Ball State, Campbell, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa, Missouri State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Old Dominion, St. John's, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. Kent State won the team title last year by three shots over Illinois State.
THE LINE-UP: The Bearcats will continue with their regular line-up this season, with one senior, two juniors and two sophomores filling it out. At the top are juniors Hillery Wilson and Allison Mayborg, who have ranked 1-2 on the team in average each of the last two years and are at the top again this season. Sophomore Marianne Erb has been a solid player at No. 3 after joining as a walk-on last year and ultimately earning a scholarship. A rapidly improving Sarah Stamper and the steady playing Sarah Bires, a sophomore and senior, respectively, round out the line-up.
SHARING THE WEALTH: While Hillery Wilson has been the big winner for the Bearcats over the past two years, Allison Mayborg and Sarah Stamper got in the act at last week's Cross River Shootout vs. Northern Kentucky. The UC duo shared the individual medalist award with scores of 75, marking the first win for both players in the college ranks.
HOPING FOR MORE: Through just two seasons at Cincinnati, junior Hillery Wilson has already accomplished a great deal. As a Bearcat, Wilson has won six tournaments, set the school record for lowest round and the mark for lowest single-season average. She has gotten off to a great start in 2006, holding a team-best 74.7 average and matching her own school record with a round of 69 at the Lady Irish Invitational. On the strength of her win at the Lady Irish Invitational (Sept. 23-24), Wilson is ranked 255th nationally by Golf Week.