PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – Penn State’s women’s golf team will have the home state advantage at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships when the Nittany Lions arrive at Fox Chapel Golf Club just two and a half hours from State College.

This year’s B1G Championship will have a different feel as the last four championships that have been contested have been contested in Maineville, Ohio at the TPC River’s Bend course. The Nittany Lions finished sixth last year, their best result since 2014 and their fourth-best result in program history. so junior Sarah Willis (Eaton, Ohio) finished sixth individually, earning a spot on the All-Championship team and recording the best result for a Nittany Lion since 2018. Willis’ weekend was marked by a 5-under, 67, in the second round on Saturday.

The championship format is 54 holes and is scored by four point sixes, so each team will have six players and the top four scores from each round will count towards the team total. Each tour will include separate departures with departure times starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The Nittany Lions will open the championship Friday morning with the first six tee times from hole one every nine minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Penn State will be paired with Wisconsin and Nebraska in its first round.

All 14 Big Ten universities will be represented this week, led by Michigan’s No. 18, while four other schools; Illinois (#26), Michigan State (#34), Northwestern (#36), and Purdue (#44) are each ranked in GolfStat’s top 50.

Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Nebraska join the Nittany Lions to round 14.

THE LESSON

  • Fox Chapel Golf Club, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is just 141 miles from Happy Valley and recently underwent a restoration in 2020. The restoration included the construction of 97 new bunkers in shapes as seen on the original course from 1923. The sand lines, mowing lines, green shapes and width of the fairways have also been restored to the original design by architect Seth Raynor. Some iconic greens have been restored while 12 new front tees have been added and several back tees have been extended even further to lengthen the course, which will play as a par-71 6,045-yard course this weekend.
  • The course is consistently ranked among the Top 100 Classic Courses by Golfweek Magazine and was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the State of Pennsylvania by LINKS Magazine and Golf Digest. Fox Chapel is also ranked among the 100 most prestigious golf clubs in the world by LINKS magazine.
  • Penn State will only have its practice round to get a feel for the course and none of the six golfers participating this week have ever played Fox Chapel.

“Our players are familiar with the Seth Raynor design, due to our experience playing in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall during the fall season,” the head coach said. Denise Saint Pierre. “There are a lot of bunkers that you don’t see until you get up on them, they just sit in the ground. You have to know where to miss and on your approach shots you have to know which side of the green come The greens are very undulating, and that makes putting and chipping very difficult if you’re not in position.”

Live score for the duration of the tournament will be available HERE.

THE TEAM

  • The Nittany Lions roster will feature the same six competitors from the last three tournaments, while Willis will be joined by seniors Taylor Waller (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) along with junior classmates Mathilde Delavallade (Royan, France) and Isha Dhruva (Katy, Texas) and freshmen Drew Nienhaus (St. Louis, Missouri) and Katie Scheck (Greensboro, Georgia)
  • Delavallade, Dhruva and Nienhaus have each competed in all 10 events so far this season averaging 73.67 Delavallade strokes and two top-5s at team pace. Willis ranks second on the team with an average of 73.79 shots.
  • As a team, Penn State is averaging 296.93 per 18-hole round with five top-10 finishes, including four top-five finishes.