WALLACE, N.C. (March 3, 2019) – River Landing Golf Club holds fond memories for ETSU Women’s Golf, and while none of the athletes on this year’s roster had reached high school, let alone their time at ETSU, head coach Stefanie Shelton remembers the high level of play her program displayed on that late-March weekend in 2009 fondly.
“Our teams have always enjoyed playing this course,” Shelton said. “When you’re driving seven hours, it’s really nice to have a trophy in your hand.”
That tournament, then the UNCW Lady Seahawk Invitational, signaled ETSU leaving Wallace, N.C. on a high note, not returning to River Landing until 2017 when the Bucs took second as a team and Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) got her first collegiate tournament win by finishing as the only golfer under par in the 74-player field, winning by five strokes after an opening round 65. This appearance marks ETSU’s seventh in the 19-year history of the tournament.
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Loy’s aforementioned win was one of the anchors for what could be seen as the best stretch of golf she’s played in her time at ETSU, using the spring of 2017 as a springboard to Southern Conference stardom. The then-sophomore finished second the week before River Landing at the Kiawah Island Classic, followed up her win in Wallace by tying for 13th-place at the 3M Augusta Invite, took fourth at the Web.com Intercollegiate, won her second tournament in a month at The Brickyard Intercollegiate, and closed out her regular season by tying for fourth at the conference championships, awarded the 2017 Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year at the conclusion of the event.
Loy hasn’t slowed down since River Landing two years ago, taking the 14th top-five of her career two weekends ago at the spring’s opening action in Lake Oconee.
As a whole, the Bucs finished eighth of 17 teams present at Lake Oconee, Warda Amira Rawof (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia) and Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) rounding out the Bucs top-three at their first tournament of 2019.
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Event: River Landing Classic
Dates: March 4 & 5
Course: River Landing Golf Club
Opponents: Boston College, Campbell, Charlotte, East Carolina, ETSU, Georgetown, Georgia State, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, UNCG, UNC-Wilmington, Winthrop
“This course is very different from where we practice,” Shelton said of River Landing. “However, it is a course to remain patient when playing and you can be aggressive to these slower greens if you do.”
Loy will lead the Bucs five into Monday flanked by Rawof, Melecka, junior Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) and sophomore Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand). A 9 a.m. shotgun start will open action with ETSU starting on holes seven, eight, and nine paired alongside Middle Tennessee State and Seton Hall.
Live stats for both days of the tournament are available with Golfstat, with recaps to follow each day of play at ETSUbucs.com.
For more information on Buccaneer women’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf page.