May 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM
After one day of play, Penn State sits in 20th out of 24 teams with a first round score of 310 at the NCAA Division I East Regional in Auburn, Alabama.
Three Nittany Lions finished tied for the top spot on the team as Grace Chung, Ellen Ceresko and Elyse Archambault all shot a 77 on the day to tie for 70th overall.
Following the trio, Emily Ransone finished tied for 95th with a 79 and Kaitlyn Elliot finished tied for 109th with a first round 81.
The Lions begin round two tomorrow morning and look to move up the leader board to catch first place Alabama.
September 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM
With day two of the Nittany Lion Invitational in the books, the Lady Lions are poised to shatter multiple school records on their way to arguably the best weekend in team history.
Through two rounds of play, the team has shot 575 and is on pace to break the school’s 54 hole scoring record of 888, set at the 1999 Nittany Lion Invitational, by 26 strokes.
Leading the charge for the Lady Lions on Saturday was junior Christina Vosters, who shot a bogey-free, four under, par 68. Vosters’ second round 68 is the second best 18 hole score in school history.
“I just wanted to stay calm,” Vosters said. “It’s easy to be comfortable playing at home, and it’s great having all of the families here on parents weekend. We’ve got a great group of families, and they cheer for all the girls out there.”
Another girl the Penn State families were cheering for was Ellen Ceresko, who shot a three under par 69 for the second day in a row.
Ceresko had five birdies and two bogies on the day, including birdies on holes 9, 11 and 12 as she made the turn to the back nine.
“It was important,” Ceresko said of the four-hole stretch. “I just kept patient, and kept reiterating to myself, that ‘hey, things could happen, there’s still a lot more holes out here.”
Ceresko, who missed most of last season due to a severe case of golfers elbow, spoke to what this weekend means to her.
"Words can't describe it,” Ceresko said. “I was basically stuck in the clubhouse doing homework when the team was out here practicing.”
“I knew that, in the long run, it was a blessing in disguise for me,” Ceresko said. “I grew so much because of it. My scores, here now, are finally coming together, and it's just nice to see."
Heading into third round action on Sunday, the Lady Lions plan on doing what they’ve done all weekend -- play aggressively. “We're gunna have the same mentality,” Ceresko said. “Do the best we can, and hell, shoot under par again if we can. Nothing's changed.”
Third round action tees off Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on The Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course. Follow the third round action live atgolfstatresults.com.
September 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM
Although the Penn State women's golf team slipped two spots to 13th out of 24, it is still performing well at the Cougar Classic, a tournament filled with national powerhouses.
Overall, the Nittany Lions' total score of 296 (+8) from Monday's second round was three strokes off of its opening round total. Although they stayed rather consistent, it was not enough to hold onto 11th place, as Tennessee, UNC, and Central Florida all jumped ahead of them. However, the team did pass Wisconsin after the Badgers' second round total was thirteen strokes worse than its opening-round total.
Junior Christina Vosters matched matched her first round score with another 71 (-2). The performance was strong enough to move ahead one more spot to a tie for 12th on the individual leaderboard. Ellen Ceresko, who also shot a 71 on Sunday, notched a 73 during her second round. The junior is now tied for 22nd place. Meanwhile, sophomore Elyse Archambault improved by one stroke, shooting a 74 on Monday, good enough for a share of 59th place. Senior Emily Ransone's 78 gave her an overall score of 154, rounding out the Lions' scoring in 93rd place.
Florida moved ahead of USC Monday for first place on the team leaderboard. After beginning the day tied in second place and one stroke off of USC's lead, the Gators shot a 279 (-9) on Monday and now lead the competition with an overall score of 565. USC remains close in second place at 568.
Florida's Isabelle Lendl gave up her individual lead to teammate Camilla Hedberg, who will enter Tuesday's final round with a 135 (-9). Lendl is now in second place, two strokes off of Hedberg.
Live scoring of Tuesday's final round can be followed here. End-of-tournament coverage will appear in The Daily Collegian.
September 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM
Before Penn State's women's golf team left for South Carolina to compete in the Cougar Classic, junior Ellen Ceresko said the Nittany Lions was planning on making a statement on the course to the rest of the schools participating. She was confident in her team's ability to place well in the tournament, despite 13 of the 24 teams in the field being ranked in Golfweek's final Top 25 of last season.
So far, the Lions are backing up Ceresko's words.
After the opening round Sunday, the team is in eleventh place with a total team score of 293 (+5). The Lions are currently ahead of four of those ranked teams--LSU (No. 4, T-21st place), UNC (No. 6, T-15th), Tennessee (No. 15, 13th), and South Carolina (No. 18, 23rd).
Individually, Ceresko and fellow junior Christina Vosters lead the Lions with a pair of 71s (-1), good enough for a share of 13th place. Sophomore Elyse Archambault fired a first round score of 75 (+3), senior Emily Ransone shot a 76 (+4), and sophomore Katlyn Elliot shot a 77 (+5) to round out the team's scoring, finishing the day tied for 60th, 77th, and 88th place, respectively.
USC leads the field after the first day of competition, notching a total team score of 285 (-3). Duke (-2), Virginia (-2), Florida (-2), and Auburn (-1) round out the Top 5.
Isabelle Lendl of Florida and Marta Sanz of Auburn lead all players with 67s (-5), with four more golfers trailing by two strokes.
Live scoring can be followed at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3735, and end-of-tournament coverage can be found later this week inside The Daily Collegian.
October 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM
After the second day of competition in the Nittany Lion Invitational, the Penn State women’s golf team currently sits in a tie for second with Friday’s leader Longwood University with a two round total of 23-over-par. Eastern Michigan leads the field at 21-over-par.
Despite being faced with harsh conditions including strong winds, cold temperatures and rain, the Nittany Lions remained poised and under control to shoot their lowest score of the season. (294)
Freshman Katlyn Elliot and sophomore Christina Vosters are in a three-way tie for eighth place overall shooting 5-over-par for the tournament.
The final round begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The Lions are looking to repeat as champions of this tournament.
September 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM
Fighting through the cold and blustery winds, the Penn State women’s golf team proved its resilience in the first round of the Nittany Lion invitational.
The team currently sits in fifth place at 17-over-par (305) and coach Denise St.Pierre saw some positives and negatives from the team in the first round.
“I saw a lot of good things happen out there, a couple players had some hiccups and came back to birdie some holes,” St.Pierre said. “We’re a little disappointed because I think this team is certainly capable of shooting under 300, but I think conditions may have played into that.”
Freshman Katlyn Elliot led the Nittany Lions in the first round shooting 2-over-par.
One school that didn’t seem to be bothered by the weather was Longwood University. The school currently sits comfortably in first with an 8-shot lead over second place Eastern Michigan.
The second round of the tournament was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday but due to anticipated rain and weather temperatures dropping into the 30s, tournament officials have changed the time. The second round will now begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start to try to accommodate every golfer.