CARDS WOMEN'S GOLF IN FOURTH PLACE IN ARKANSAS
It's been awhile since we've covered Louisville women's golf here at Cardinal Couple -- and with WSOC off until tomorrow (at Notre Dame), Volleyball not scheduled until Friday (hosting Boston College and Field Hockey resting up for a couple of days before returning to practice Thursday and then going to #2 Michigan on Sunday -- I thought it might be a good time to catch us up on Louisville women's golf.
The "chip and putt" Cards are in their third invitational of the fall season -- getting ready for their final day of action at the Blessing Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. No doubt, an interesting name for a invitational -- no philosophical or attitude-oriented significance here -- it's just the name of the golf course the team are participating on. Previous outings had the Cards finishing 6th in the Wolverine Invitational (three guesses on who was the home squad for that one) and Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville, where Louisville finished in a tie for ninth.
In case you wondered, the Mason Rudolph tournament was named after the professional golfer, from Clarksville, TN, who was on the PGA Tour in the 50's and 60's and not for the NFL quarterback on the Pittsburgh Steelers squad.
Louisville is currently in fourth place at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational after 36 holes. There are ten universities participating in the event, with Arkansas (the host school) leading the way with an 11-stroke advantage over second place UCLA. The Cards are ten strokes back of third-place Texas Tech.
Leading the way for UofL is junior Hana Ryskova, who has put together rounds of 71 and 74 to sit at seventh place overall with her 1-over-par, two-day total. Graduate student Kendall Griffin, who came to the Cards this season from LSU, fired a even-par 72 Tuesday and is tied for 13th-placce overall with her two-day total of 149.
Senior Lauren Thibodeau is tied for 20th place after her 74 Tuesday. Freshman Carmen Griffiths, out of Scotland, has a two round total of 153 and Irish native Mairead Martin checks in at 159.
Other 2021 Cardinal women's golfers, who did not make the trip to Arkansas are freshman Gabi Betancourt, sophomores Carly Haines and Molly Lyne and junior Agustina Gomez Cisternos.
It seems a little strange to be discussing Louisville women's golf and not bringing up Lauren Hartlage....but she did graduate in the spring and is competing on the Symetra Tour, along with former Cardinal golfer Laura Restrepo. The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour for the LGPA tour.
The Blessings participants should have a great day for golf today, no rain forecast and temps in the mid-70's.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!