MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State women's golf team is set for the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend in Fishers, Ind.
The Cardinals are the host team for the event, which will be played at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club. The 54-hole tournament features three rounds over three days. The action begins Friday at 8 a.m. with live scoring available throughout the championships at birdiefire.com.
Coach Katherine Mowat’s Ball State team finished second to Toledo on the same course during the fall season at The Preview. Every conference team except Kent State was in the field for that event, where Ball State's Jenna Hague was the individual medalist.
Hague, who is tied for the MAC record with six career individual tournament titles, has won twice at The Hawthorns. She also claimed medalist honors in a playoff when the 2012 MAC Championships were contested there.
The past two MAC medalists are in the field this weekend. Kent State's Jennifer Ha took the top spot last year to help the Golden Flashes to their 15th straight MAC crown. Kent State is the only program to this point to win the MAC team title.
Hague leads the Cardinals with a 73.85 stroke average, which is on pace for the single-season school record. The junior ranks No. 71 nationally in the Golfstat Cup race.
She is one of three Ball State players who will be competing in their third MAC Championships, joining seniors Meghan Perry and Sarah Westaway. Senior Mary Welch and sophomore Karley Dobis will each be making their MAC Championships debuts. Perry, Westaway and Welch each joined Hague with top-20 finishes at The Preview in the fall.
Ball State, coming off its first win of the season at Bowling Green's Dolores Black Falcon Invitational, is the third-highest ranked team in the field this weekend, behind Kent State and Toledo. The Cardinals will be paired with those two teams for Friday's opening round. They are in the final wave of tee times, starting at 9:40 a.m.
The Hawthorns, which will play to a par-72, 6,102-yard layout, will be hosting the MAC Championships for the third time. The Arthur Hills-designed course has been home to numerous qualifiers for the US Open and US Amateur along with Indianapolis and Indiana State Opens. It has also hosted the Indiana PGA Championship, a stop on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the 2007 NCAA Men’s Division III National Championships.
Former Ball State golfer Brittany Kelly is an assistant pro at the club. Kelly finished second the first time The Hawthorns hosted the MAC Championships in 2010.
As part of the tournament's social media efforts, all teams, players and fans are encouraged to use #MACWGolf2014 when posting to Twitter and Instagram.
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