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Women's Golf: Past tourney success fuels Bobcats

The Ohio women’s golf team will play its rounds on familiar real estate this weekend.

The Bobcats will travel to Muncie, Ind., to participate in the Cardinal Classic for the sixth year in a row. Ohio finished in a tie for sixth place last season, with Meryl Weaver sinking a hole-in-one.

The Bobcats hope last year’s success will translate to an even better result on the course.

“This is where we hit our career low last year,” coach Kelly Ovington said. “I think the girls have had a good week of practice, so I think they are confident going into this, and knowing they played well there last year they feel that we are definitely going to see some success here.”

Ovington said she is excited the Bobcats possess an advantage from competing in the tournament last year.

“I think having played this course is definitely an edge. It’s a very score-able course,” she said.

Last tournament, Ohio turned in its scorecard with a sixth-place finish in the Redbird Invitational. Ohio’s senior tandem of Meryl and Megan Weaver led the Bobcats by finishing 18th and 19th, respectively. Ohio will meet familiar Mid-American Conference faces in this tournament, including host Ball State andNorthern Illinois.

One of the major points of emphasis that will come with time for Ohio is confidence.

“They all have the shots, they just have to believe in it, commit to it and then execute it,” Ovington said.

As long as her players have confidence that they can shoot low rounds, Ovington said she is confident the Bobcats are poised to have a

good tournament.

“I don’t like to keep things number oriented too much, but I’m confident that if the girls play the best they can and capitalize on the opportunities, they should succeed,” she said.

The men travel to Bowling Green Monday to take part in the John Piper Intercollegiate. They hope to rebound after finishing in last place at the Marshall Invitational. Ohio took part in the tournament last year and finished in ninth place overall.

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