Georgetown Men's & Women's Golf Set to Tee Off at BIG EAST Championship
April 18, 2010
WASHINGTON - The 2010 BIG EAST Golf Championships tees off on Sunday, April 18 in Palm Harbor, Fla., at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Course, hosted by Innisbrook and USF. Practice rounds were held for all teams on Saturday, April 17. The three-round tournament was slated to start earlier this morning, but heavy rains forced the postponement until 3:15 p.m.
The men's championship will take place on par-71, 7,340-yard Copperhead Course while the women's championship will be played on the par-71, 7,310-yard Island Course.
Louisville is the defending men's and women's champion. The men's team looks to capture is third championship in four seasons while the women's squad shoot for its fourth in five years. Both individual winners, Notre Dame's Lisa Mannu and Louisville's Adam Hadwin, graduated last year but several golfers that finished in the top 10 return to vie for this year's crown.
On the men's side, Notre Dame senior Doug Fortner (t2nd), Louisville junior Karsten Clements (t2nd), Marquette sophomore Matt Haase (t5th), Notre Dame sophomore Max Scodro (t7th), Louisville sophomore Riley Wheeldon (t7th) and St. John's senior Mike Ballo Jr. (9th) all return this year.
For the women, Louisville junior Sara-Maude Juneau (2nd), Louisville junior Laura Anderson (5th), Louisville senior Daphne Parker (t6th), Cincinnati junior Bambee Dela Paz (8th), Notre Dame senior Annie Brophy (t9th) and Notre Dame sophomore So-Hyun Park (t9th) will all compete for the 2010 individual title.
Cincinnati was selected as the No. 1 seed, followed by Georgetown at No. 2, Seton Hall at No. 3, DePaul at No. 4 and Louisville at No. 5. Rutgers is slotted sixth and Notre Dame is seventh, while Connecticut, Marquette and Villanova round out the top 10. USF is 11th while Rutgers and St. John's fill out the field.
On the women's side, Rutgers was selected as the No. 1 draw. Host USF follows at No. 2. St. John's is No. 3, Cincinnati is No. 4 and Notre Dame is No. 5. Georgetown and Louisville are the sixth and seventh seeds, respectively.
The Georgetown men's team had their best finish of the season when they tied for sixth at the John Dallio Memorial hosted by DePaul in late September. Brian Dorfman (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) leads the Hoyas in stroke average at 75.62 and boasts the team's low scores for 18 (71), 36 (147) and 54 (222) holes. The Blue & Gray posted their best 54-hole score at the Maryland Intercollegiate where they shot 50-over par 902.
The Hoya women's team has finished in the top 10 in four of its tournaments this season, posting its best result at the Ross Rogers Invitational. The Hoyas shot a 70-over-par 934 to finish in fourth place and were led by a pair of freshman as Katie Skinner (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) and Simone Strauss (Palm Desert, Calif/Palm Desert) both finished in the top 15. Georgetown is paced by sophomore Joan Dulieu (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day), who leads the team with a 78.1 stroke average.