Feb. 5, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern begins the spring portion of its 2008-09 schedule in sunny Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, competing in the 2009 Lady Puerto Rico Classic. It will be the first time the Wildcats will be on the course since placing ninth at the Challenge at Wolfdancer back in November.
Hosted by Purdue, the Classic is being held at the Coco Beach Golf Club Sunday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 10. The par-72, 6,219 yard course will be the host for the 54-hole tournament, with 18 holes being played each day. Tee-times are at 7 a.m. Central Sunday and Monday, with a 6:30 a.m. start Tuesday.
The 16-team field will be one of the most challenging the 'Cats will face this season, lead by No. 9 Georgia and No. 17 Purdue. Six other teams boast top-50 rankings in the Golfweek Sagarin Rankings, including No. 21 Kent State, No. 34 New Mexico, No. 37 TCU, No. 38 North Carolina State, No. 45 Michigan and No. 48 Tennessee. Texas Tech (No. 51), Indiana (No. 54), Florida State (No. 60), Minnesota (No. 67), Oklahoma (No. 68), Wisconsin (No. 69) and Iowa State (No. 70) round out the field.
Sophomore Kelsey Lindenschmidt (West Chester, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) was the top 'Cat golfer through the fall portion of the schedule, posting a team-best 77.93 scoring average, with senior Jennifer Hong (Windermere, Fla./The First Academy) right behind with a 78.42 scoring average. Sophomore Innapha Tantanavivat (Bangkok, Thailand/David Leadbetter Academy) has the top individual finish of the season for NU, placing sixth at the Windy City Collegiate Championship, and is also posting a sub-80 scoring average of 78.87. Freshmen Alexandra Lederhausen (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Kylie Fuller (Temecula, Calif./Chapparal) round out the scorecard for the Wildcats.
Live scoring of the event will NOT be available, but daily results will be posted on NUsports.com.