Baylor women’s golf plays its final regular season tournament in Tempe, Ariz., at the 45th-annual Ping/ASU Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
The 14-team field features No. 15 Baylor, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 17 Arizona, No. 27 San Diego State, No. 38 SMU, No. 45 UNLV, No. 46 Kansas State, No. 47 Washington, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Northern Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon State.
Baylor’s lineup features Amy Lee, Dylan Kim, Cheerie Tan, Maggie Beth Byers and Fiona Liddell. Giovana Maymon is playing as an individual.
Arizona State has hosted the Ping/ASU Invitational every year since 1973, but Baylor played the event for the first time in 2015 and returned for the 2016 season. The Lady Bears tied for second place in a 15-team field in 2015 and tied for eighth in a 14-team field last season. Vesga tied for 17th individually after shooting 4-over 220 in the 2016 event.
Friday’s first round and Saturday’s second round are scheduled for tee times starting at 10 a.m. CDT. Sunday’s final round is slated for 9:30 a.m. BU players are paired with golfers from San Diego State and Oregon State for the first round. Liddell is up first at 11:30 a.m., and she’ll be followed in nine-minute intervals by Byers, Tan, Kim and Lee, respectively. Maymon will begin from the 10th tee at 11:39 a.m.
BU is coming off a third-place finish at the 18-team Bryan National Collegiate. Baylor finished behind top-10 teams Alabama and Georgia and finished ahead of eight top-50 ranked teams. It was the team’s fifth top-four finish in eight tournaments during the 2016-17 season. The Lady Bears improved their head-to-head record to 93-27-1 for the season.
Lee leads the team with a 71.35 stroke average across 23 rounds. She tied for sixth place in a 96-player field at the Bryan National Collegiate, earning her sixth top-10 finish in eight tournaments this season. Lee has shot 12 of 23 rounds at par or better and finished among the top 25 individuals in every event.
Kim has also played all 23 rounds and ranks third on the squad with a 73.65 stroke average and second with nine rounds at par or better. Liddell has played eight of 20 rounds at par or better and has a 74.95 stroke average. Tan made her debut in the Baylor lineup last weekend and tied for 26th place at 5-over-par 221. She moved up from the No. 5 spot to the No. 3 spot this week, while Maymon is playing in her first team tournament of the spring semester.
Following the Ping/ASU Invitational, BU returns home to prepare for the 2017 Big 12 Championship, which runs April 21-23 at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.