MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State women's golf team will embark on a four-day, 90-hole test Saturday when it opens play in the first of back-to-back tournaments without a break in between.
The Cardinals will compete Saturday and Sunday in Indiana's 54-hole Hoosier Fall Invitational at Belterra Casino and Resort in Florence, Ind.
Immediately following that tournament, they will travel to Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, to play Monday and Tuesday at the 36-hole Mid-American Conference Preview.
The Ball State lineup for the first of those two events will feature sophomore Jenna Hague, junior Meghan Perry, senior Autumn Duke, senior Zoe Camus and junior Sarah Westaway. Those same five golfers captured the team title for Ball State in its most recent event at September's Cardinal Classic.
Freshman Karley Dobis is also on the trip this weekend and will be competing as an individual.
The challenging 12-team field at the Hoosier Fall Invitational includes six teams ranked among the top 80 in the Golfstat Relative Rankings: Wisconsin (38), Indiana (44), Missouri (46), East Tennessee State (58), Minnesota (74) and Iowa (77). Illinois, Illinois State, Boston College, Delaware and Augusta State are also in the field.
The course at Belterra will play to a par-72, 6,200-yard layout with 36 holes scheduled for Saturday (8:30 a.m. shotgun start) and the final 18 slated for Sunday (9 a.m. shotgun start). Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
The MAC Preview is scheduled for 18 holes Monday and the final 18 Tuesday. The event will be played on the same Longaberger course that will host the MAC Championship in the spring.
In addition to eight MAC teams -- Ball State, Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Ohio -- the MAC Preview will also feature teams from Butler, Bucknell, Dayton, Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Chicago State.