ATHENS, Ohio—The Ohio women's golf team returns to action this weekend at the 2019 Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz. The tournament, hosted by Western Michigan, will start on Friday, Feb. 22 and conclude on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The tournament will return to The Rio Verde Country Club's 6,215 yard Quail Run courses, with par set at 72. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.
Along with Ohio and Western Michigan, the teams competing include Akron, Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Boise State, Bradley, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Little Rock, University of Missouri- Kansas City, Missouri State, Northern Illinois, Seton Hall, Wichita State and Xavier.
Last year, after three rounds of play, Ohio finished 16thwith a score of 963 (+99). Now graduated senior Lily Pendy led the way for the Bobcats with a personal score of 227 (+11). Seton Hall won, finishing with a score of 902 (+38), and Akron's Danielle Nicholson took home her second personal victory at the tournament.
Through the fall portion of the season, Emily Hughes (Columbus, Ohio) led Ohio, maintaining a 75.57 stroke average and finishing as Ohio's top-finisher twice, with her stroke average putting her at the top of the Mid-American Conference. Nicole Smiley (Dublin, Ohio) has also been solid for the Bobcats, registering as Ohio's top finisher in three tournaments this season with a 77.64 stroke average, securing fifth overall in the MAC.
Up next, the Bobcats travel to Dade City, Florida on Monday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 12 for the 2019 Spring Break Shootout. Hosted by Western Kentucky University and Florida Gulf Coast University, the tournament will take place at the 7,226 yard Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Par is set at 72 strokes.