Women's Golf Head West for Rio Verde Collegiate Invite

The Musketeers look to improve their performance from last year's showing in Rio Verde.

The Musketeers look to improve their performance from last year's showing in Rio Verde.

March 7, 2013

CINCINNATI –The Xavier women’s golf team travel to Rio Verde, Ariz. tomorrow to begin the 11th annual Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. The women will be play three rounds of 18 holes at the par-72, 6,215 yard White Wing Golf Club on March 8-10. The Musketeers are coming off an eighth place finish at the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge, with freshman Shane Crutchfield leading the way, shooting a 10-over-par 226 and finishing tied for 18th place.

The Musketeers have competed in this tournament several times before including last year when they finished in 12th place shooting a team score of 947 (+95). Christine Cash fired a team-low 233 (+20) last year while Michelle Winkler was one of the top scorers on the par-3, shooting only +3 for the tournament.

This year’s Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational consists of 17 universities and is hosted once again by Western Michigan. The other schools include:  Akron, Arkansas-Little Rock, Ball State, Bradley, Eastern Michigan, Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State, Montana, Northern Arizona, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Toledo, Wichita State, Xavier and Yale. The top returning school is Missouri State, who came in second place last year with a score of 903 (+51).

The tournament is a 54-hole event spanning three days with 18 holes of golf played each day.  The first round on March 8 is set for a 1 p.m. start, while Saturday (March 9) and Sunday (March 10) begin at 8 a.m.  All rounds will begin with shot gun starts.  There will be three golfers in each group.

Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com. Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for the latest news and updates of women’s golf.