Charlottesville, VA – The Ria Scott era of Virginia women’s golf gets underway this weekend when Virginia opens its season at the 35thannual Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State. The tournament will take place at Forest Akers West on Saturday (36 holes) and Sunday (18 holes). Saturday’s opening round at the par-72, 6,334-yard course is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday’s final round will get underway at 9 a.m.
This year’s 16-team field features some of the top programs in the country. Seven of the team’s in the 2018 Fossum Invitational were a part of last year’s NCAA Tournament (Michigan State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Old Dominion, Texas Tech, Virginia) and four appear in the Golfweek preseason top 30 – Florida (12), Michigan State (18), Virginia (23) and Miami (26).
The complete field (final 2017-18 Golfstat ranking): Michigan State (13), Eastern Michigan (182), Florida (14), Georgia (33), Indiana (58), Kansas State (74), Mercer (78), Miami (38), Mississippi State (70), Northern Illinois (135), Old Dominion (60), Rutgers (118), Sacramento State (56), Texas Tech (50), Toledo (97) and Virginia (29).
Virginia’s lineup is a familiar one. All five players from last year’s NCAA Championship squad will be competing. The lineup includes seniors Anna Redding (Concord, N.C.), Morgan Gonzales (Chandler, Ariz.) and Katharine Patrick (Houston, Texas), junior Julia Ford (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.)
Michigan State won last year’s Fossum Invitational with a tournament record 5-under-par.
Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com.