CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University women's golf program opens a new era with the beginning of the 2018-19 season on Labor Day, as Mitchell Moore took over as the program's head coach during the offseason.
Moore is not a new face on campus as he was a standout player on the CSU men's team from 2013-16 and served as an assistant coach for the women's team this past spring.
Moore and his players will open the season at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, hosted by fellow Horizon League member Youngstown State. The 36-hole event takes place Sept. 3-4 at the Mill Creek Golf Course (North Course) in Boardman, Ohio. Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday and last until 11:00 a.m. while a shotgun start will commence play Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
The course was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928. It will play as a par-72 at 5,957 yards.
Cleveland State broke its single-season scoring record with a 316.0 average last year and went on to finish third at the Horizon League Championships. The Vikings also set the school record for the lowest single round during the season with a 292 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.
Neumeister averaged 78.8 strokes per round last season and had the team's low round of the season, a 70 at the Cardinal Classic. Her career average of 78.4 is the best in program history.
Butler just edged her teammate in scoring average last year, posting a team-best 78.7 mark. Her average was the fifth lowest in school history and the second lowest by a freshman. She shot 81-76-75 at the League Championships last season, leading the team with a T-6 showing.
Senior Rayna Oosterhuis is back after missing all of last season due to injury. She played in every event over her first two seasons at CSU, compiling six top-10 finishes. She shot 74-74-75 as a sophomore at the League Championships to finish second individually, leading the Vikings to the team title.
Sophomores Amanda Baker and Ashley Knight return after each saw significant collegiate action in their rookie season last year, posting averages of 80.2 and 80.8, respectively. Junior Brooke Ciccone and freshmen Meg Rossouw and Grace Zimmerman round out the roster.
This will be the fifth consecutive season that CSU has opened its fall season at an event hosted by Youngstown State. However, the tournament has changed venues as this will be the third straight season at Mill Creek.
Madison Butler won the Roseann Schwartz Invitational last season while making her debut, posting 72-77 to finish two shots clear of the field. The Vikings finished third out of the 10 teams that participated with a 622.
Cleveland State will resume action Sept. 17-18 at the Cardinal Classic in Yorktown, Ind.