The Toledo women's golf program will host a tournament at the Inverness Club for the first time ever next week when it tees off its 2019-20 campaign with the Glass City Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be played on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. An 8:45 a.m. shotgun start will open the tournament on Monday with an 8:00 a.m. tee time start scheduled for Tuesday. The event is open to the public with free parking.
The tourney field includes three schools - Florida, Illinois and Northwestern - that advanced to the 2019 NCAA Championships and five more - Baylor, Furman, Michigan State, Ohio State and Texas A&M - that qualified for last year's NCAA Regionals. In this year's Women's Golf Coaches Association preseason poll, Florida is ranked No. 8 and is joined by No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Illinois and No. 19 Michigan State. Also receiving votes in the poll were Baylor, Furman and Ohio State.
Joining the Rockets in the event are Coastal Carolina, Michigan, South Florida and Wisconsin.
"Inverness Club is a special place with a membership committed to the highest of quality in the game of golf," Toledo head coach Jenny Coluccio said. "We are thrilled and fortunate to have the opportunity to host the first women's event at Inverness and welcome a very competitive field. Our relationship with Inverness and hosting a top event will continue to have a lasting impact for our players and program."
Toledo's squad this season will feature a blend of youth and experience. The Rockets return three seniors - Thunpijja Sukkasem, Donchanok Toburint and Saranlak Tumfong - this year and welcome four freshmen - Caroline Kane, Amelia Lee, Kathryn Roth and Claudia Sampson.
Coluccio said she is looking forward to the start of the season with a group that is eager to learn.
"Productive is the word that best describes our first two weeks of practice and qualifying," Coluccio said. "The team is truly learning during each practice session and I am very happy with their efforts. This year will be a journey and we are focusing on one step at a time and improving each day. I am excited to watch their overall progress this year. They are excited to be playing at home at Inverness and Toledo for the first event of the season."
Thirteen schools are competing in the Glass City Invitational. The tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,249-yard Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The tourney field includes Baylor, Coastal Carolina, Florida, Furman, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Florida, Texas A&M, Toledo and Wisconsin.
Live scoring for the Glass City Invitational can be found at golfstatresults.com.
ON THE HORIZON
Toledo will return to action next weekend with a trip to Greenville, S.C. for Furman's Paladin Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29.