WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Third-ranked Arizona headlines a strong field that tees off Friday through Sunday (Oct. 26-28) when the 11th Landfall Tradition is contested at the Country Club of Landfall's scenic Jack Nicklaus course.
Seventeen teams and five individuals will compete on the par-72, 6,138-yard layout that borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach.
"I'm very excited about this year's field for The Landfall Tradition," said 11th-year UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "There are a number of teams and individuals who have had strong performances this fall who could win it this year."
Joining Arizona and host UNCW at the event are Duke, Florida State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.
Eight teams ranked in Golfstat's top-25 standings are competing this weekend. Arizona (#3), Duke (#5), N.C. State (#11), Michigan State (#14), Oklahoma State (#16), Northwestern (#18), Purdue (#22) and Notre Dame (#24) are in the field.
Individually, Duke senior Lindy Duncan is the highest ranked player. Duncan is rated fifth with a 71.33 scoring average through nine rounds. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., golfer won four times last year en route to National Player-of-the-Year honors.
Other players who figure to be in the mix and their Golfstat ranking are Notre Dame's Lindsay Weaver (#8), Purdue's Paula Reto (#12), Texas Tech's Kim Kauffman (#14), Northwestern's Hana Lee (#26), Oklahoma State's Kelsey Vines (#33), UNCG's Fanny Cnops (#38) and Ohio State's Rachel Rohanna (#46).
"We have eight teams in the top-25, so it's an excellent representation of the power conferences in women's golf," Ho added. "That should lend to an exciting tournament."
Defending champion Purdue returns after capturing the 2011 title by a comfortable 14 strokes over second place Auburn. Devon Brouse's Boilermakers are attempting to become only the third team to win the LT crown twice (New Mexico in 2003 and 2004 and Wake Forest in 2007 and 2008).
Reto, from Cape Town, South Africa, is the defending individual champion. The Purdue senior posted a three-stroke victory over Duke's Alejandro Cangrejo last fall, carding a 71-77-70=218 total.
The event, presented by Callaway Golf, actually begins Thursday with the popular College/Am Tournament that raises funds for the UNCW men's and women's golf programs. It has raised more than $200,000 in scholarships since its inception.
Overall, the Landfall Tradition has featured players from 46 schools during its decade-long run. This year's field includes first-time participant Arizona and golfers from 19 different countries.
The tournament has been very competitive. Four different champions (Wake Forest in 2008, Duke in 2009, UCLA in 2010 and Purdue in 2011) have been crowned over the last four years.