Athens, Ohio—The Ohio women's golf team returns to the course for their second tournament of the season when they compete at the 2018 Cardinal Classic from Monday, Sept. 17 to Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball Sate, will be a two-day, 54-hole tournament and will take place on the 6,204-yard course at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind.
Par is set at 72, with the first two rounds are set to begin on Monday with a shotgun start and continuous play. The third round will begin on Tuesday with a shotgun start as well.
This year's event will see 16 teams including Ball Sate, Bowling Green, Bradley, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Dayton, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University of Indianapolis, Western Illinois, and Western Michigan with Indiana having individuals competing.
The Bobcats are coming off of a sixth-place finish at the 2018 Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State. In the Redbird Invitational, senior Emily Hughes led the way for the Bobcats finishing in a tie for ninth followed by senior Nicole Smiley who finished in 17th place.
Competing for the Bobcats at this year's event are seniors Smiley (Dublin, Ohio), Hughes (Columbus, Ohio) and Hannah Travis (Lancaster, Ohio), junior Marissa Balish (Allison Park, Pa.) and freshman Catherine Loftus (Roswell, Ga.).
Last time Ohio competed in the Cardinal Classic was in the 2016-17 season where the Bobcats finished in a tie for ninth place in the tournament. In that showing, Ohio shot a 308 on the first round, a 301 in the second round, and a 305 in the third round, finishing with a total of 914 (+50).
University of Indianapolis won the tournament last year.
Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.com.
After the Cardinal Classic, the Bobcats will head to the 2018 Nittany Lion Invitational at University Park, Pennsylvania. The event will be hosted by Penn State.