April 24, 2008
DEKALB, Ill.-The women's golf teams of the Mid-American Conference will compete for the 2008 conference championship in the shadows of the most famous racetrack in the world when they head to Brickyard Crossing for the 2008 MAC Women's Golf Championship hosted by Northern Illinois University. The 72-hole event will be played April 25-27, 2008.
This is the second MAC Championship hosted by Northern Illinois University. NIU played host to the 2001 championship at Walden Ponds Golf Club in Hamilton, Ohio. This year's championship marks the 10th anniversary the MAC Women's Golf Championship. Kent State looks to defend its 2007 team championship, while the Golden Flashes' Kira Meixner looks to repeat as the individual champion.
The Huskies come into the MAC Championships having played well this spring, highlighted by NIU's victory at the Snowbird Intercollegiate Mar. 14, 2008. Northern Illinois also posted three Top-10 finishes this spring as well.
"It's been one of the better spring's of note, especially with the Snowbird win and repeating with medalists honors there," NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. "We've had a couple great weeks of practice despite the bad weather. We've had some sub-par qualifying scores. Qualifying was very competitive. I think we're peaking at the right time."
Kim Hunley (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) has had a very good spring in particular. The sophomore has posted two top-10 finishes, including a first-place showing at the Snowbird. She shot a personal-best 72 in the first round of the Snowbird and a 75 in the second.
Senior Abbie Many (Mt. Prospect, Ill./Prospect) is the Huskies all-time leader in rounds played with 109. She shot a season-low 73 in the second round of the Snowbird on her way to a third-place finish. Freshman Jessica Parmenter (Peoria, Ill./Peoria Christian) has had a solid first season as a collegiate and is one of the top freshmen in the MAC.
Brickyard Crossing is an 18-hole, 6,000-yard championship golf course located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Holes No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, are located inside the infield of the famed oval and 14 outside the back straightaway. The course has played host to a Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) event, the Comfort Classic, from 1994-2000. Opened to the public in 1993, Brickyard Crossing was also the venue for the 2006 MAC Men's Golf Championship.
First round action begins Friday, April 25, 2008 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, with the competitors playing 36-continuous holes that day. Teams will play 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday with tee times set for 8 a.m. Eastern. Admission is free and spectators are welcomed. Fans can follow all the action on the 2008 MAC Women's Golf Championships website at http://niuhuskies.cstv.com/sports/w-golf/spec-rel/niu-w-golf-mac-champ-2008.html.