Jacks swinging home, sweet home
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- The second annual Jackrabbit Fall Invitational kicks-off Monday morning, Sept. 23, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls.
The first 36 holes of the tournament take place Monday, with the final 18 holes coming Tuesday morning. Live-scoring is available at www.BirdieFire.com.
The SDSU lineup has a youth flavor heading into the home tourney, and head coach Jared Baszler thinks his squad can improve on their showing two weeks ago, when the opened the 2013-14 season in Normal, Ill..
“The women’s lineup will be young again this week but are looking to improve upon our play at Illinois State. We had a good showing there but we left there knowing we could play better. I am confident we will get better this week," Baszler said.
Freshman Megan Mingo, sophomore Sydney MacDonald, freshmen Islamiah Fuad and Hallie Getz along with junior Alli Plath make up the Jackrabbits' top-five. Competing unattached as individuals are juniors Myranda Dunmire and Amber Houser and sophomores Michaela Kouri and Brianna Janu.
The eight-team field features local schools from the upper-Midwest, including: Augustana, Drake, Northern Iowa, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and South Dakota State. There are also eight individuals competing: four from SDSU, two from Augustana, and one each from UNI and USD.
From Minnehaha Country Club website (www.minnehahacc.com)
“For more than a century, Minnehaha Country Club has been evolving from an afternoon golf outing with friends on a primitive course to one of the region’s premier golf courses. The rolling terrain is surrounded by groves of beautiful trees. Meticulously groomed undulating greens blend into flowing lush fairways to create a jewel enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. Golf’s pivotal role at Minnehaha Country Club is evident not only with this championship course, but the staff, services, and commitment surrounding the game.”
Baszler is looking for his team to make an impression with the added bonus of golfing on home turf:
“Expectations certainly are higher this week for both the men and the women. The bar for our program is that we are one of the teams to beat in the Summit League each year and there are a lot of Summit League teams at this tournament. With this being our only true home tournament, that adds some extra incentive too.”
The 'new' Dakota Cup
The coaches from NDSU, UND, USD and SDSU have decided to alter the annual Dakota Cup. Starting this season, the cup winner will be determined by combining men’s and women’s team results from the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational in Sioux Falls and the Jackrabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev., in the spring season. NDSU currently holds the cup from 2011-12, as it was cancelled last season due to weather.
Last Time Out
The Jackrabbits finished in 11th place at the Redbird Invitational (Illinois State), held Sept. 8-9 at the 6,051-yard, par-72 Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. SDSU posted scores of 313, 306 and 322.
The second round score of 306 was the fifth-best in school DI history.
Sydney MacDonald led the young Jackrabbit squad, posting the best 36-hole (151) and 54-hole scores (230) of her career.. The sophomore finished tied for 22nd place, the third top-25 finish of her short career, with rounds of 75, 76 and 79.
Freshmen Hallie Getz, Islamiah Fuad and Megan Mingo finished tied for 36th place, tied for 55th place and tied for 60th place, respectively. Getz carded rounds of 79, 76 and 80 (235), Fuad shot rounds of 80, 79 and 81 (240) and Mingo posted scores of 85, 75 and 82 (242).
Sophomore Brianna Janu tied for 67th place with scores of 79, 82 and 84 (245).
Competing unattached, junior Alli Plath carded scores of 79, 77 and 81 (237) and finished the tourney tied for 44th place. Plath posted some personal bests in her first action as a junior. Her score of 77 in the second round tied a career-low 18-hole score. The 36-hole total of 156 and 54-hole score of 237 are the best of her career.
Last Year’s Invite
The inaugural Jackrabbit Fall Invitational saw North Dakota State capture the team title and individual title.
The Bison women’s team posted a score of 933 (309-310-314) to beat UNI by 18 strokes.
NDSU's Amy Anderson shot rounds of 71, 70 and 75 (216) to beat SDSU’s Morgan Fitts by 10 strokes (78-71-77-226).
The Jacks finished in 5th place with scores of 333, 323 and 319 (975).
-10th for rounds played in a career: 46 (2011-pr.)
-Tied for 8th for rounds played in a career: 48 (2011-pr.)
-Tied for 7th-lowest round: 73 (2013 Jackrabbit Invitational 2nd round)