2012 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship Preview

Providence, R.I. - The BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship will take place April 22-24 at Reunion Resort, hosted by Reunion and USF. The 10th women's championship will be held at the Watson Course for the first time in championship history. Last year Notre Dame won its fourth BIG EAST title since 2003. Notre Dame and Louisville have won a combined eight BIG EAST titles in the event's nine year history.
 
USF is ranked first in the BIG EAST with a Golfstat ranking of 49. USF had 10 top-10 team finishes during the 2011-12 season, including victories at the USF/Waterlefe Invitational, the Lady Paladin Invitational, and the JMU Eagle Landing Invite. Christina Miller has had seven top-10 performances this season, including individual wins at the Golfweek Program Challenge and the USF/Waterlefe Invite. She owns the team's lowest average 72.8 as well as the most rounds of par or better at eight.
 
Notre Dame is the No. 2-ranked team in the BIG EAST entering the championship. The Irish return their top two finishers from last season - Kristina Nhim, who finished third with a six-over par 222 and Becca Huffer, who was fourth with a seven-over mark of 223. Notre Dame's best finish during the 2011-12 season came in the fall when the Irish took second at the Hoosier Fall Invitational at Crooked Stick Golf Club on Oct. 18. Ashley Armstrong got off to a fast start in the opening round of the Notre Dame Clover Cup Tournament on Mar. 16, firing a five-under par 67 for the lowest round of her Notre Dame career.  The 67 also tied her for the third-lowest round in the program's history.
 
Louisville enters the championship at No. 3 in the BIG EAST while ranked No. 63 in the nation. The Cardinals have finished in the top-10 at seven of nine tournaments this season. Senior Anna-Karin Ljungstrom has one top-10 finish heading into the BIG EAST Championship.  She has shot a season-low 72 three times this season.  She missed the Cards' last tournament while recovering from thumb surgery. Freshman Emily Haas leads the Cardinals in scoring with a 75.8 average on the year.  She shot a collegiate low of 69 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.  Her best finish was tied for 10th in the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge. The Cardinals have three freshmen in the lineup this season.  True freshman Emily Haas, and redshirt freshmen Katie Petrino and Sara Karlsson have all seen time in the Cardinal lineup.
 
St. John's, the No. 4-ranked team in the conference, is the only other team besides Notre Dame and Louisville to have won a BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship team title. St. John's has played in nine events with three tournament titles and nine top-five finishes this season. The Red Storm took home titles at the Richmond Spider Invitational, the Spider Spring Invitational and the Brown Invitational. The last time that a St. John's women's golf team won at least three tournaments during a season, it went on the win the BIG EAST Championship in 2005. Sophomore Harin Lee has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week twice this season as well as September Player of the Month, after winning the 2011 BIG EAST Championship as a freshman.
 
Georgetown comes in at No. 5 in the conference. The Hoyas are led by sophomore Alice Choi, who has a 78.04 scoring average and three top-20 finishes this season. Cincinnati ranks No. 6 in the BIG EAST. Andrea Malek leads the Bearcats this season with a 76.6 stroke average.
 
Rutgers ranks No. 7 in the BIG EAST. Junior Brittany Weddell has a pair of top-10 finishes this spring. She placed fifth at the UC Spring Invitational and seventh at the Homewood Suites Invitational. Seton Hall rounds out the competing teams. The Pirates took first place at the Siena Invitational, playing in only the 15th tournament since the program's inception.
 
The first round of the BIG EAST Championship will begin on April 22 with the first tee time at 8 a.m. The pairings are done by Golfstat Rankings. Please find the full schedule below:
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
ROUND ONE - WATSON COURSE:
NOTE: Based on Golfstat Rankings
 
#5    Rutgers, Seton Hall                                                               8:00 a.m.      Tee #1
#4    Rutgers, Seton Hall                                                               8:10 a.m.      Tee #1
#3    Rutgers, Seton Hall                                                              8:20 a.m.      Tee #1
#2    Rutgers, Seton Hall                                                               8:30 a.m.      Tee #1
#1    Rutgers, Seton Hall                                                               8:40 a.m.      Tee #1
 
#5    St. John's, Georgetown, Cincinnati                                           8:50 a.m.      Tee #1
#4    St. John's, Georgetown, Cincinnati                                           9:00 a.m.      Tee #1
#3    St. John's, Georgetown, Cincinnati                                          9:10 a.m.      Tee #1
#2    St. John's, Georgetown, Cincinnati                                           9:20 a.m.      Tee #1
#1    St. John's, Georgetown, Cincinnati                                           9:30 a.m.      Tee #1
 
#5    USF, Notre Dame, Louisville                                                   9:40 a.m.     Tee #1
#4    USF, Notre Dame, Louisville                                                   9:50 a.m.     Tee #1
#3    USF, Notre Dame, Louisville                                                   10:00 a.m.    Tee #1
#2    USF, Notre Dame, Louisville                                                   10:10 a.m.    Tee #1
#1    USF, Notre Dame, Louisville                                                   10:20 a.m.    Tee #1
 
MONDAY, APRIL 23
ROUND TWO - WATSON COURSE:
 
#5    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:00 a.m.                Tee #1
#4    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:10 a.m.                Tee #1
#3    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:20 a.m.                Tee #1
#2    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:30 a.m.                Tee #1
#1    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:40 a.m.                Tee #1
 
#5    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:50 a.m.                Tee #1
#4    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         9:00 a.m.                Tee #1
#3    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         9:10 a.m.                Tee #1
#2    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         9:20 a.m.                Tee #1
#1    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         9:30 a.m.                Tee #1
 
#5    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:40 a.m.                Tee #1
#4    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:50 a.m.                Tee #1
#3    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                       10:00 a.m.                Tee #1
#2    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                       10:10 a.m.                Tee #1
#1    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                       10:20 a.m.                Tee #1
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
ROUND THREE - WATSON COURSE:
 
#5    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:00 a.m.                Tee #1
#4    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:10 a.m.                Tee #1
#3    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:20 a.m.                Tee #1
#2    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:30 a.m.                Tee #1
#1    Team 4, Team 5, Team 6                         8:40 a.m.                Tee #1
 
#5    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         8:50 a.m.                Tee #1
#4    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:00 a.m.                Tee #1
#3    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:10 a.m.                Tee #1
#2    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:20 a.m.                Tee #1
#1    Team 1, Team 2, Team 3                         9:30 a.m.                Tee #1
 
#5    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:30 a.m.                Tee #10
#4    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:40 a.m.                Tee #10
#3    Team 7, Team 8                                     8:50 a.m.                Tee #10
#2    Team 7, Team 8                                     9:00 a.m.                Tee #10
#1    Team 7, Team 8                                     9:10 a.m.                Tee #10