March 21, 2013
CHICAGO - After returning from a spring break trip to South Carolina, the Loyola University Chicago women's golf team will resume their spring season this weekend at the Saluki Invitational.
The opening round of the tournament will begin on Sunday with a shotgun start scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill. Monday's final round will follow the same schedule. Hickory Ridge is par-72 course with a layout of 6,075 yards.
The field this weekend will have a local flavor to it and will also test the Ramblers. The host school Southern Illinois, Big Ten power Iowa and in-state rivals Northern Illinois and Western Illinois are just a few of the schools that will look to challenge Loyola for the top spot on the leaderboard.
"Our main goal for this weekend is to continue to prepare for the conference championships," stated coach Jason Calhoun. "The important thing I want to focus on this weekend is the direction our scores are going in. We've had some relatively cold weather that has hampered our ability to get outside but since most of the programs competing this weekend have experienced the same conditions, it won't provide much of an advantage or disadvantage to any team."
Calhoun will run out a lineup of juniors April Ohlendorf and Carly Schneider, sophomore Alexandra Meyers and freshmen Bernice Sitompul and Olivia Lindsley. The Rambler juniors were the most consistent performers for the team at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate earlier this month with Ohlendorf posting three consecutive scores of 80, while Schneider bookended a second round score of 83 with a pair of 80s.
Meyers, out of Columbus, Ohio, put up the round of the tournament for Loyola in Kiawah Island, S.C. The sophomore fired a 78 in the final round as she consistently improved her scores on each day of the tournament. Like Meyers, Sitompul turned in her best performance on the final day of the tournament as well, posting a score of 80. Fellow freshman Olivia Lindsley shrugged off a tough opening round as she settled in, carding scores in the mid-80s to close out the tournament.
Following the Saluki Invitational, the Ramblers will return to action at the IPFW Spring Invitational, March 31-April 1.