Bucs Back on Road for Stiff Test at Magnolia Invitational
Bucs Back on Road for Stiff Test at Magnolia Invitational
Saturday, October 13, 2018

WEST POINT, Miss. (Oct. 13, 2018) – A busy last two weekends of the fall season for head coach Stefanie Shelton’s ETSU Women’s Golf team begins Sunday with first round play at Old Waverly Golf Club near the campus of Mississippi State University.

“This is one of the strongest fields we will face all year,” Shelton said. “We’re looking forward to a great event.” 

ABOUT THE BUCS

With three tournaments behind them, ETSU enters the Magnolia Invitational with hopes of once again turning in elite individual performances and giving some of the nation’s top teams trouble. The Bucs have seen their No. 1 Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) finish in the top 15 in each of her three tournaments this year, their No. 2 Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) snag three top 20s, including at least one sub-70 round each of her first three weekends of fall, and under-par rounds from Allison Woodward (Unicoi, Tenn.), Warda Amira Rawof (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia), and Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) to go along with Loy and Melecka’s excellent form.

At last weekend’s University of Kentucky Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, Rawof, who joins the lineup this weekend in Mississippi after competing as an individual in Lexington, matched or set a new career-best each of her three rounds of play, earning the opportunity to represent the Bucs in West Point. Additionally, Melecka tied her season-best with a 67 in the final round at the Big Blue Course, Loy extended her active streak of 74-or-better rounds to eight, Beatriz Espelosin (Zaragoza, Spain) set the bar for herself at 73 in round two of her first action as a Buc, and Sararat equaled her career-best that same round with a 1-under 71.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

Event: Magnolia Invitational

Dates: Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 14-16

Course: Old Waverly Golf Club

Par/Yardage: 72/6,320

Opponents: Virginia Tech, Kennesaw State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Coastal Carolina, LSU, Oklahoma, Southern Mississippi, Kansas State, Memphis, MTSU.

The field features five of the top 50 teams in the new Golfweek collegiate rankings, and all but two schools at the tournament are in the top 85, those being Kansas State (No. 120) and Southern Mississippi (No. 149). The Bucs currently rank No. 84, the Blue and Gold’s fourth straight poll in the top 100.

LINEUP

Loy, Melecka and Woodward play in their fourth tournament as a part of ETSU’s five, while Rawof and Sararat return to the lineup after competing as individuals last weekend, their third event representing the Bucs this athletic year.

The Bucs go off beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET with first round partners Virginia Tech and Kennesaw State.

COVERAGE

Live stats for all three days of the tournament are available with Golfstat, with recaps to follow each round of play at ETSUbucs.com.

For more information on Buccaneer women’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf page.