MSU Spring Tournament History
The Murray State women's golf team hosts the Jan Weaver Invitational Friday and Saturday at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Kentucky. The 54-hole event is scheduled for 36 holes of play Friday and the final 18 on Saturday as 14 teams tackle the MMGC layout. Play begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start each day. Admission is free and fans are invited to come out and watch the action.
The Jan Weaver Invitational will have a big Ohio Valley Conference feel to it as Austin Peay, Belmont, Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State are entered. Add in Alabama State, Arkansas State, Bradley, Central Arkansas, Drury, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Illinois and it will be one of the most competitive in the history of the event.
Lucila Puente Rodriguez de Austria
leads the starting five for the Racers along with Moa Folke
, Anna Moore
, Linette Holmslykke
and Raeshya Surendran. As the defending OVC champs from 2017, the Racers are having a fine season with four runner-up and two championship performances from last fall to this spring. MSU's Nadine Innes
, Earlena Sheets
, Charli Jo Doss
and Leah Rose Judd
are in the event as individuals.
Since the first staging of the event in 2003, the Racers have won nine of the 15 titles and go into this event as defending champions after they posted a 24-shot win in 2017. Murray State's Moa Folke
is the two-time defending medalist and shared the award with teammate Linette Holmslykke
as each posted a 222 in 2017. MSU's Delaney Howson
is the only other player in the history of the event to win back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014.
The tournament is the Racers' final event before they play in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in Muscle Shoals, Alabama starting April 16.
About Jan Weaver
Jan Weaver was an avid supporter of Murray State University and the Murray community for many years. Her husband Dick wanted to name the event in her honor. Sadly, the Murray community and Murray State also lost Dick in February. Both are missed very much. Jan was a longtime teacher and education administrator. She served her students for more than 40 years at the high school and college level. Her tenure at Murray State in the College of Education (1985-97) included serving as dean of the department. Dick and Jan's commitment to Racer Athletics is still helping back up its commitment to Racer student-athletes. They assisted in many ways, but none tops their 1997 accomplishment. Through the Weaver's support, Murray State athletics established a state-of-the-art academic center. The Weaver Academic Enhancement Center was opened at Roy Stewart Stadium June 30, 1997. The center is still a vital part of helping MSU student-athletes succeed in the classroom.