BIG EAST Golf Weekly Notebook - March 16

With the BIG EAST Golf Championships just over a month away, almost every BIG EAST team has opened its season. The Rutgers men's team is the final squad left to hit the links, as the Scarlet Knights will head to the Siena Homewood Suites Invitational. Last week, the women's side saw St. John's freshman Harin Lee win an individual title at the EKU El Diablo Intercollegiate Tournament, and Louisville sophomore Anna-Karin Ljungstrom tied for first at the LSU Tiger Classic before falling in a playoff hole. Seven men's teams and five women's teams are in action this week. Where they will be this week... Men William & Mary Invitational March 21-22 (Williamsburg, Va.): Georgetown, Seton Hall Furman Invitational March 4-6 (Greenville, S.C.): Louisville Schenkel Invitational March 18-20 (Statesboro, Ga.): Notre Dame Siena College Homewood Suites Invitational March 18-20 (Port St. Lucie, Fla.): Rutgers Folina Invitational March 21-22 (Irvine, Calif.): St. John's NIT Invitational March 21-22 (Tucson, Ariz.): Villanova Idle: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, USF Women William & Mary Invitational March 18-20 (Williamsburg, Va.): Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate Classic March 18-20 (Stockbridge, Ga.): Notre Dame Siena College Homewood Suites Invitational March 18-20 (Port St. Lucie, Fla.): Rutgers Idle: Louisville, Cincinnati, USF Men's Notes Cincinnati: The Bearcats took 11th at the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 11-13. The Bearcats posted rounds of 296-296-294=886 to place 11th, three shots behind 10th-place Georgia State. Sophomore David Tepe was UC's top finisher, tying for 11th with rounds of 76-70-68=214. Cincinnati is next at the Mizzou Invitational in Columbia, Mo. on April 4-5. Connecticut: The Huskies did not compete last week. Connecticut tied for seventh at the Caribbean Intercollegiate Classic at the Costa Caribe Resort in Puerto Rico on March 7-9 in the team's last time on the course. Junior Matthew Dziubina shot a two-under 214 to finish in a tie for fifth individually. He fired rounds of 72-71-71 (214) to finish as the top Husky performer. Connecticut is idle this week. DePaul: After playing three early season tournaments, the Blue Demons are in the middle of a two-week break before getting back to the course. In their last tournament, the Blue Demons finished 16th at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla. on March 4-6. Junior Ben Westley led DePaul by placing 30th with a three-round total of 219 (+3). The Blue Demons are idle this week before taking part in the Spring Break Championship hosted by Florida Atlantic on March 25-27. Georgetown: The Hoyas open their season March 21-22 at the William & Mary Invitational at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Louisville: Louisville did not compete last week. In their last tournament, the Cardinals finished 13th with an 18-over par 882 at the USF Invitational March 4-6. Senior Karsten Clemens and junior Justin Dorward were the highest finishers for Louisville, posting 16th-place finishes with scores of nine-over par (215). Sophomore Chris Malec tied for 49th overall, shooting 74-75-74=223, while junior Chris Biuso shot 76-78-75=229 to tie for 76th. Freshman Charlie Macneal tied for 83rd with his 77-78-75=230. Louisville returns to action at the Furman Intercollegiate on March 18-20 in Greenville, S.C. Marquette: Marquette placed 14th at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on March 13-15. The Golden Eagles were led by senior Kelly Kretz, who finished tied for 14th individually. Kretz finished ahead of 10 other BIG EAST players in the tournament after firing a one-under par 215 over three-rounds at the tournament. His five-under 67 in the second round was the second-lowest round of his MU career. The Golden Eagles next compete at the FAU Spring Break Championship March 25-27 in Delray Beach, Fla. Notre Dame: The 26th-ranked Irish lost by one shot to Yale in the Notre Dame-Yale Challenge Cup on March 14 at the Great Waters Course in Greensboro, Ga. The Irish shot a 607 while the Bulldogs posted a 606 to win the event. Sophomore Paul McNamara III led the team overall on the day, finishing with a two-round 149 (+5). He opened the day carding the lowest round in the morning session, firing a one-over par 73. In the second round, he carried a one-under par score with him through 11 holes, but fell victim to a double and a triple bogey on his 12th and 13th holes to swing his score to four-over par (76). ND plays in the Schenkel Invitational March 18-20 in Statesboro, Ga. Rutgers:Rutgers opens its season at the Siena College Homewood Suites Invitational March 18-19 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. St. John's: St. John's did not compete last week. The team last competed at the Caribbean Classic on March 7-9. The Red Storm finished at 290-281-291= 868 (+4) to tie for fourth with Old Dominion. Sophomores Peter Ballo and Pat Wilson posted top-10 finishes to lead the Red Storm. Ballo tied for fifth place at 70-69-75 = 214 (-2), marking his second top-10 showing of the year and the third of his St. John's career. It is his highest finish since he tied for second in the 2009 Mission Inn Fall Intercollegiate. Wilson shot a 4-over 76 in the final round and finished tied for ninth with a 73-66-76--215 (-1). His second-round, 6-under 66 was the best individual round of the tournament. Wilson now has two top-10 showings on the year. His best showing was an eighth-place finish in the Hartford Hawk Invitational this fall. The Red Storm return to the continental U.S. for its next tournament, heading west for the second time this spring. From March 21-22, St. John's will compete in the Folino Invitational at Oak Valley Country Club in Irvine, Calif. Seton Hall: The Pirates teed-off their season at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla., March 13-15. SHU placed 12th with a three-round score of 892. Junior Troy Spencer was the top individual performer with a three-over par 219, putting him 26th among 96 individual golfers. Seton Hall is at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va., on March 21-22. USF: USF finished 15th at the Seminole Intercollegiate last weekend, and sophomore Devin Hernandez continued his solid play with a tie for 21st at 5-over 218. It was Hernandez' fourth top-25 finish of the school year and his second in as many tournaments. The Bulls return to action on March 25-27 at the FAU Spring Break Challenge. Villanova: Villanova did not compete last week and will return to action at the NIT Invitational March 21-22. Women's Notes Cincinnati: The Bearcats did not compete last week but had an eighth-place finish at the Rio Verde Invitational on March 4-6 in Rio Verde, Ariz. Cincinnati posted totals of 312-315-308=935 to tie with Toledo for eighth. Senior Bambee Dela Paz tied for 35th to lead the Bearcats, shooting rounds of 74-76-76=226. UC is in action this weekend when it hosts the UC Spring Invitational on March 25-27 in Crystal River, Fla. Georgetown: Georgetown opened its season with a 10th-place finish at the Barefoot at the Beach Challenge on March 6-8. Junior Joan Dulieu carded a five-over par, 77 to finish 21st and lead the Hoyas. The team finished with a three-round total of 945. The Hoyas went on to finish 15th at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invite on March 11-13, shooting a 926 over three rounds. Three Hoyas finished in the top 50 individuals. Dulieu was the top finisher in 41st, firing a +14, 230. Sophomore Jordan Redfield carded the Hoyas' best score of the tournament in the final round, shooting a one-over par 73. She finished 46th with a 231. Georgetown travels to Williamsburg, Va., for the William & Mary Invitational on March 18-20. Louisville: The 41st-ranked Cardinals placed 10th at the LSU Golf Classic on March 11-13. Louisville shot a 302 in the final round to finish with a team score of 914. Arkansas won the tournament with a score of 888. Of the 21 teams in the tournament, 19 were nationally ranked. Sophomore Anna Karin Ljungstrom shot a 69 in the final round to finish tied for first. Ljungstrom notched birdies on holes 2, 5, 6, 10 and 14. She made the turn at two under par and then finished the back nine at one under. Ljungstrom tied Duke's Lindy Duncan with a score of 218. The two went into a playoff. Both players shot par on the 10th hole and the 11th hole. Ljungstrom's putt for par on the 18th hole went long and Duncan, the No. 3 ranked women's player in the country, shot par for the playoff win. The Cardinals next compete at the Bryan National Collegiate on March 25-27 in Brown Summit, N.C. Notre Dame: The No. 21 ranked Irish took third-place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii March 13-15. The squad carded a three-round total of 904 (+25) with four players finishing in the top 20. Senior So-Hyun Park led the team in seventh place, posting a 54-hole total of 225 (+9). Freshman Kristina Nhim and classmate Nicole Zhang placed 12th and 14th respectively. Junior Becca Huffer rounded out the top finishers with a 17th-place finish. The Irish return to action in Stockbridge, Ga., when they tee it up on March 21 at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate Classic two-day event. Rutgers:Rutgers opened its spring campaign by defeating BIG EAST rival Seton Hall in match play on March 19 at the Ryder Course at PGA Village. The Scarlet Knights downed the Pirates 4.5 to 1.5 in a competition comprised of three matches worth two points each. Senior team captain Jeanne Watersand junior Lizzy Carl teamed-up to capture two points. Sophomores Brittany Weddelland Karen Cashpaired to produce 1.5 points. Juniors Elisa Mateerand Lauren Heiba teamed-up for one point. The Scarlet Knights compete in their initial tournament of the spring season March 18-19 at the Siena College Homewood Suites Invitational in Port St. Lucie. St. John's: The Red Storm women's golf team opened its spring season with a third-place showing in the EKU El Diablo Intercollegiate at El Diablo Golf and CC in Citrus Springs, Fla. Freshman Harin Lee won the individual title after carding a 73-73-73= 219 (+3), marking STJ's first individual title since Brittany Lambertson won the Roar-ee Invitational on April 7, 2007. Sophomore Mariana Barrios carded a career-low 3-under 69 in the final round to finish in 10th place at 21-over 237. Junior Ellen Oswald was 13th at 23-over 239 and sophomore Sebin Kim tied for 18th with a 28-over 244. The St. John's women's golf team will next compete in William & Mary's C&F Bank Intercollegiate at Ford's Colony CC from March 10-12 in Williamsburg, Va. Seton Hall: The Pirates fell in a dual match to BIG EAST rival Rutgers in match play on March 19 at the Ryder Course at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. SHU dropped the match 1.5-4.5. The team is next in action at the C&F Bank Invitational at Marsh Hawk Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va. USF: USF earned its highest finish of the spring season and its second top-five result of the school year with a tie for fourth place at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational over the weekend. Sophomore Shena Yang earned her eighth top-10 individual finish in as many starts with a tie for ninth at 5-over 221. Senior Emily Van Etten was just two strokes shy of a top-25 finish, placing in a tie for 30th at 11-over 227. The Bulls return to action April 1-3 at the Ole Miss Intercollegiate.