BIG EAST Golf Weekly Notebook - March 23

Providence, R.I. - Eight BIG EAST men's golf teams and five women's teams will take the course this weekend with less than a month left of the season before the BIG EAST Championship. The 2011 BIG EAST Golf Championship will be held at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club April 16-19 in Clearwater, Fla. This weekend, four BIG EAST men's teams will participate in the FAU Spring Break Championship with three other teams going to the Fireline Towson Invitational. On the women's side, Cincinnati hosts the UC Spring Invitational, which will include Rutgers and Seton Hall. Where they will be this week... Men FAU Spring Break Championship March 25-27 (Delray Beach, Fla.): Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, USF Fireline Towson Invitational March 26-27 (Grasonville, Md.): Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall UALR/First Tee Classic March 28-29 (Little Rock, Ark.): Louisville Idle: Cincinnati, Notre Dame, St. John's, Villanova Women UC Spring Invitational March 25-27 (Crystal River, Fla.): Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall Bryan National Collegiate March 25-27 (Brown Summit, N.C.): Louisville Dual match vs. Columbia March 27 (Suffern, N.Y.): St. John's Idle: Georgetown, Notre Dame, USF Men's Notes Cincinnati: Cincinnati did not compete last week.In their last tournament,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. In its last tournament, Connecticut tied for seventh at the Caribbean Intercollegiate Classic at the Costa Caribe Resort in Puerto Rico on March 7-9. 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 at the FAU Spring Break Championship at Gleneagles CC on March 25-27. 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 opened their season at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Georgetown shot a final-round score of 303 (+15) and finished in 15th place with an overall tally of 32-over par, 608. Sophomore transfer Curtis Loop, the Hoyas' top finisher, fired a three-over-par 75 in the second round to complete his tournament in a tie for 30th place with a score of 175 (+4). GU is next at the Fireline Towson Invitational March 26-27 at the Prospect Bay Golf Club in Grasonville, Md. Louisville: The Cardinals finished 15th at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C. The team finished with a three-round total of 902 (+38), including a final round of 298. Chris Malec and Charlie Macneal were the top finishers for Louisville, finishing in a tie for 59th. Malec shot par in the final round and finished 79-75-72=226. Macneal carded 77-75-74. UofL returns to action at the UALR/First Tee Classic in Little Rock, Ark., on March 28-29. Marquette: Marquette did not compete last week. In the their last tournament, the Golden Eagles placed 14th at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on March 13-15. MU was 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 35th-ranked Irish finished in 12th place (of 15 teams) at the 32nd annual Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club. The Irish final round saw them post a 22-over-par 310, to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 888. The team's best round came on the second day, as the squad carded 287. Individually, Tom Usher led the Irish at the tournament, finishing tied for 20th at two over par (218). The Irish are idle this week before taking part in the University Club Intercollegiate in Baton Rouge, La. Rutgers: Rutgers finished third with a 628 (320-308) team score at the Homewood Suites Invitational, on March 17-19 at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Village. Freshman Jonathan Renza paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a 152 (71-81) to place 10th in the 38-player field. Senior captain Chris Frame also performed well in the team's initial event of the spring season, shooting a 154 (80-74) to finish tied for 12th. Sophomore John Fagan and freshmen Doug Walters and Dillon Corbo comprised the rest of the Scarlet Knight scorecard. Fagan placed tied for 19th with a 161 (85-76), Walters also finished tied for 19th with a 161 (84-77) and Corbo placed tied for 33rd with a 171 (90-81). The tournament marked the initial event at the helm for RU men's golf coach Chris Mazzuchetti. The Scarlet Knights return to the links on March 26-27 at the Fireline Invitational in Towson, Md. St. John's:The St. John's men's golf team withdrew from the Folino Invitational on March 22 after the pace of play in the 10-team field conflicted with the team's travel arrangements. The Red Storm entered the day tied for fifth place after shooting 291-301--592 (+24). Cal Poly won the event with a 292-291-284--867 (+15). Cal Poly's Geoff Gonzalez took the individual title with a 72-70-70--212 (-1). After the first two rounds, St. John's freshman Ryan McCormick was in a six-way tie for first place after shooting 69-73--142 (E). McCormick's opening-round 2-under 69 tied for the third best round of the tournament. McCormick eagled hole No. 1 in the first round and recorded birdies on Nos. 6, 9, 11 and 17. In the second round, he eagled hole No. 5 and birdied holes No. 1 and 10. The Red Storm next compete in the River Landing Intercollegiate April 8-9 at River Landing Country Club. Seton Hall:Seton Hall placed 16th at the C&F Bank Invitational at the Woods Course at Kingsmill Resort. Sophomore Brandon Parkled the Pirates with a 16th-place individual finish after going +2 (72-74) for the tournament. SHU next competes at the Fireline Towson Invitational at Grasonville, Md., on March 26-27. USF: The Bulls had the weekend off after a 15th-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 13. They travel to the FAU Spring Break Challenge this weekend, which features a field that includes No. 24 Ohio State, No. 38 Northwestern and BIG EAST foes Connecticut, DePaul and Marquette. Villanova: Villanova placed 13th of 15 teams at the NIT Invitational at the OMNI Tuscon National Golf Club. The Wildcats shot their best team round on the final day of the three-round event with a 296 (+8). As a team they finished with a 916 (+50). Junior Brian Colbert was the top finisher for the Wildcats in a tie for 41st place with a total of 226 (+12). Also finishing inside the top 50 was senior Conor Casey in a tie for 44th with a 227 (+13). Villanova next hosts the Wildcat Invitational on April 3-4 in Malvern, Pa. 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 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: The Hoyas placed ninth at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate March 19-20 in Williamsburg, Va. Georgetown fired two-round score of 644 (+68). The team was led by Joan Dulieu, who tied for eighth with rounds of 77 and 78 to finish at 11 over par (155). The Hoyas are idle this week. The team next hosts the Hoya Invitational in Beallsville, Md., on March 4-5. Louisville: Louisville did not compete last week. In their last tournament, the 41st-ranked Cardinals placed 10th at the LSU Golf Classic on March 11-13. Louisville shot 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 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, but Duncan won the individual medal in a playoff. The Cardinals next compete at the Bryan National Collegiate on March 25-27 in Brown Summit, N.C. Notre Dame: The No. 24 Irish won the team title at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga. The Irish registered a three-round total of 888 (+24) to earn the honor. The team shot rounds of 298, 293 and 297 to win by 17 strokes over Maryland. Junior Becca Huffer led the team in second place, carding a 54-hole total of 211 (-5). Huffer's second-place finish marked her top finish this season, as well as her career-best 54-hole total. The junior's previous top score was a 217 at the 2008 LSU classic. The Irish return to action Friday, April 1 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Rutgers:The Scarlet Knights finished second with a 631 (320-311) team score at the Homewood Suites Invitational on March 18-19 at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Village. Sophomore Brittany Weddellpaced the Scarlet Knights, carding 154 (77-77) to place fifth in the 49-player field. Senior Jeanne Watersalso turned-in a strong showing to place among the top 10. The team captain posted a 158 (80-78) to finish tied for ninth. Sophomore Karen Cashwas a single stroke behind Waters, carding 159 (78-81) to place tied for 12th. The team is next at the UC Spring Invitational March 25-26 in Crystal River, Fla. St. John's:St. John's took second place in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate after carding a two-round total of 616 at Ford's Colony Country Club's Blackheath Course. Sebin Kim and Harin Lee led the way for the Red Storm, tying for second. The Red Storm finished 10 strokes behind Yale, which led all 22 teams with a 296-310=606 (+30). Pennsylvania rounded out the top three at 49-over 625. Kim and Lee each shot 74-74=148 (+2) on the weekend, finishing six strokes back of Yale's Seo Hee Moon, who won with a 66-76=142 (-2). Kim led the 112-player field with six birdies and played her best golf on the par 4s with a 4.00 (E) scoring average. Lee led all individuals with 26 pars and tied for the best showing on par 5s with a 4.75 (-2) scoring average. The Red Storm will next compete in a dual match against Columbia on March 27 at Spook Rock Golf Course. Seton Hall:Seton Hall tied for 19th place at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate at Ford's Colony, hosted by William and Mary. Freshman Hannah Basalonewas the Pirates' top individual finisher, tying for 54th place with rounds of 80 and 86 to finish at 22-over-par. Freshman Christina Cantúwas the Hall's second-best performer, posting scores of 84 and 87. The Pirates are back in action at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational, held at Plantation Inn Golf Course in Crystal River, Fla. USF: The University of South Florida women's golf team is in the midst of a two-week break before playing next at the Rebel Intercollegiate hosted by Ole Miss on April 1. The Bulls are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Eagle Landing Invitational on March 13. Sophomore Shena Yang has produced six top-10 individual finishes in eight starts this season, including a win at the Cards Challenge in late February.