CHICAGO - With the regular season portion of its 2016-17 schedule now complete, the Loyola University Chicago women's golf team is preparing to begin its postseason journey at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
This year's edition of the event will be hosted by Southern Illinois at the par-72, 6,214-yard course at the Dalhousie Golf Club. Opening-round play is set to get underway on Sunday morning, with tee times scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday's second round will follow an identical schedule, while final-round action will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Loyola was tabbed seventh in a pre-championship poll of the league's coaches, accumulating 32 points. Three-time defending MVC champion Wichita State (93) topped the poll as it collected five of the available 10 first-place votes. Bradley (88) and tournament host Southern Illinois (87) also received first-place votes to come in second and third, respectively.
First-year head women's golf coach Carly Schneider's lineup for the event will feature senior Logan Willis, junior Summer Moser, sophomore Elayna Bowser and freshmen Morgan Brown and Sara Padilla. Four of the five members of the Rambler quintet will be playing at Dalhousie Golf Club for the second time this season after the Maroon & Gold saw action at the MVC Preview during the fall campaign.
Bowser will be looking to cap off a breakout sophomore season when play begins on Sunday morning. The Dearborn, Mich. product owns a team-low 76.3 stroke average and is the only Rambler to have seen action all 24 rounds this season. Brown (78.7) and Moser (79.2) also boast stroke averages in the 70s, with Moser serving as the team's top returning finisher (T-15th) from last season's league meet.
Live scoring will be available throughout all three rounds of the tournament at Golfstat.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the official Twitter account of the Loyola golf programs, @RamblersGolf, for updates.
The winner of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship will claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. This year's regionals will be played in Greenville, N.C., Columbus, Ohio, Lubbock, Texas and Albuquerque, N.M., May 8-10. The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.