The Eastern women’s golf team will begin their spring campaign next Sunday at the Tennessee Tech Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate tournament. The tournament will take place at the Highlands Golf Course in Sevierville, Tenn.
The tournament is scheduled to last from Sunday through Tuesday and is the only time the Panthers have played at a tournament this season, which was hosted by an Ohio Valley Conference university.
This will be Eastern’s first tournament since last October, when the Panthers ended their fall season at Evansville.
On that day, Eastern finished with 356 total strokes but finished in last place at the 15-team tournament. The Panthers were led by freshman Annie Getzin, who totaled 84 stokes throughout the tournament.
She finished tied for 42nd place out of 88 players.
Getzin is one of four freshmen for the Panthers, which comprises half the team. The rest of team consists of three sophomores and one senior. Mattoon’s Tiffany Wolf is the lone senior on the team.
The four freshman include Anne Bahr from Boise, Id. and Hannah Magda from Lawrenceville, Ga., Courtney LaFoe from Catlin and Getzin who come from Jasper, Ind.
Eastern’s sophomore class includes Alexandra Pickens of Terre Haute, Ind., Erika von Nitter of Noblesville, Ind. and Chloe Wong, who is from Vancouver, BC.
Wong is a transfer from Robert Morris.
Last fall, the Panthers best finish came at the Butler Fall Invitational in Indianapolis, where it finished seventh out of nine teams. Getzin led all Panthers that day with her first collegiate Top 20 finish.
The Jasper, Ind. native earned a 15-over 155 (76-79) two-day score, tying for 13th place out of 58 competitors, while sophomore Alex Pickens improved her second-day play with one less stroke to move into a tie for 30th place.
Those would be the only Top 30 finishes for the Panthers that weekend.
Eastern totaled 647 points that day and finished ahead of Bellamine and Marion Universities.
Following next week’s meet, the Panthers will compete much closer to home, as their next three meets are in Carbondale, IL and Terre Haute and Avon in Indiana.
Blake Nash can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]