Cyclones hope for second straight win at Lady Buckeye

Dan Martin

The ISU women’s golf team is competing in its final regular-season tournament Saturday and Sunday. The No. 15 Cyclones will face tough competition at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, where they are playing for a second straight win entering the Big 12 Championships.

Coach Christie Martens said the team is not distracted by the quickly approaching Big 12 Championships.

“I think everyone’s excited about going to the Buckeye tournament,” Martens said. “It’s an awesome golf course, so I think everyone is really looking forward to it. We will focus on the Big 12 Championships next week.”

The Cyclones are currently the top-ranked team in the Big 12. They had their biggest hiccup of the season two tournaments ago March 6 and 7 at the SunTrust Invitational, where they placed outside the top five for the first time coming in at sixth. They came back in two weeks ago in the MoutainView Collegiate Classic by taking first out of 18 teams — 10 from the Big 12 — and breaking several school records in the process.

“It was great,” said senior Victoria Stefansen. “For me it was my fourth time back at that course. We had struggled a little in the past with putting three good rounds together as a team, and it was really great just to see everything come together and get the win.”

The Cyclone women said they were never nervous. Just like they are not thinking about the Big 12 Championships ahead, they do not dwell on their last tournament either. They enter the Lady Buckeye Invitational like they do every tournament: hoping to play well, have fun and win.

“Well it’s gonna be a very strong field there,” Stefansen said. “There’s a lot of team’s we’ve met in the past like Purdue, who we always have a really good struggle with, and Ohio State, who’s always really strong on their home course.

“It’s going to be a tough field and a lot of fun, and a really good preparation for Big 12. There’s a lot of teams really stepping in up here these past weeks, so it’s gonna be exciting.”

Fellow senior on the team, Laurence Herman, is also ready to go.

“We enter every tournament looking to win,” Herman said. “It was great to play so well as a team [at MountainView], and even better we broke the course record. So we’re gonna go out and try to win again, and individually, same thing.”

The Lady Buckeye is a 54-hole tournament hosted by Ohio State. It will be played April 16 and 17 at the par 72, 6,275-yard Scarlet Course.