Women’s Golf Set to Participate in O’Brien National Invitational on Sunday-Monday
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 14, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team will participate in the 2012 O’Brien National Invitational on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 16-17, at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Play is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday and 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
All 10 teams participating in the 2012 O’Brien National Invitational are ranked in the top-15 of the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III Preseason Poll: No. 1 Methodist University, No. 2 DePauw University, No. 3 Centre College, No. 5 Washington University, No. 6 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, No. 7 George Fox University, No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus College, No. 12 Allegheny College, No. 14 Whitman College and No. 15 and host Saint Mary’s College
Methodist, winner of 15-straight NCAA Division III national championships, has won the O’Brien National Invitational team championship the past three seasons. Washington U. sophomore Olivia Lugar was the individual champion a year ago after a 36-hole score of 149 (78-71), leading the Bears to a third-place finish in its first-ever appearance at the O’Brien.
Washington University is coming off a team title in its first tournament of the fall at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invite on Sept. 1-2 at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire, Wis. Lugar was the individual champion with a 36-hole total of 155 (77-78), while freshman Connie Zhou (81-79, 160, eighth place) and junior Andrea Hibbert (89-75, 164, 10th place) also had top-10 finishes for the Bears.
The O'Brien National Invitational was first played in the fall of 2009 at the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame. The tournament is an elite event that invites the top 10 teams in NCAA Division III women's golf to South Bend for two days of highly competitive golf. All of the visiting teams will be staying on the College campus at the Inn at Saint Mary’s. The tournament is made possible through the generosity of Tim, Diane, and Katie O’Brien.