The Quinnipiac University women's golf team will compete in the 8th Annual Roar-EE Invitational hosted by Columbia University at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, N.J. on Friday, Apr. 18.
In addition to the Bobcats and host Columbia, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe Hartford and Pennsylvania will also compete in the event. The 36-round tournament will be played in one day, with the first round commencing at 8:30 a.m. and the second round to follow at 12:30 p.m.
THEIR LAST TIME OUT
At the 2014 Brown Bear Invitational on Apr. 13-14, Quinnipiac finished 7th out of the 13 competiing schools in the two-day, 36-hole event. Freshman Nicole Scola (Westerly, R.I.) finished tied for 13th out of the field of 72 golfers.
Quinnipiac placed three players in the top 27 out of the 72 student-athletes in the field, headling by Scola's 13th place finish. Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.) improved on her first day score (87) by six strokes on Monday, carding an 81 for a two-day total of 168, good for a tie of 22nd place. Freshman Emily Ribbins(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) shot a 91 on Monday, combined with her 78 from the first day of the tournament gave her a 169 for a tie of 27th place.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Nicole Scola currently leads Quinnipiac with a 78.44 per round average through nine tournaments and 18 rounds. Scola's 77 on the first day of the Brown Bear Invitational was her best round of the spring. Scola's 78.44 is also the all-time best in program history.
- Jennifer Whaley ranks second behind Scola with an 83.16 average per round. Whaley has shot below that mark in three of her last four 18-hole rounds.
- Emily Ribbins is averaging 84.60 per round. Last weekend, the first-year Bobcat shot a career-best 78 on the first round of the Brown Bear Invitational, and was the 13th best round in program history.
- Taylor Lambrou shot her best round of the spring last weekend on the first day of the Brown Bear Invitational, carding an 85. Lambrou's career-best round was an 83 on the second day of the Tignanelli Towson Invitational in the fall, in which her 170 for the two-day tournament was a personal 36-hole best.
- Senior captain Jennifer Forlenza is enjoying a career-best year. Forlenza is averaging an 89.89 per round average - an improvement over her career average of 94.92. Forlenza has seen her average drop in each year as a member of the women's golf team. As a freshman, she average a 100.60 before improving to a 97.04 as a sophomore. Last year, she shot a 93.63 per round.
BIRD IS THE WORD
- Nicole Scola currently leads the team with 17 birdies in 18 rounds, while captain Jenn Whaley ranks 2nd with 16.
- Whaley holds the program's single-season (20) and career (36) birdies record.
- Emily Ribbins is in the mix for the team lead with 14, in 15 rounds.
- Ribbins' 17.9% Birdie Conversion rate ranks 241st out of 540 NCAA Division I golfers.
- The program's total single-season birdies record is 76 set in 2012-13; Quinnipiac currently has 58 with the 36 holes at the Roar-EE Invitational and the MAAC Golf Championship still to be played.
Jennifer Forlenza currently leads the team in Fairways Hit with a .712 percentage - good for a national ranking of 289 out of 540 qualifying NCAA Division I golfers.