Women's Golf Weekend Recap

Updated 9/10/2013

Sunday, September 8 - Monday, September 9

Redbird Invitational

1. Toledo (890); 2. Ball State (902); 3. Bowling Green (903); 4. Illinois State (908); 5. Bradley (910); 6. Ohio (918); 7. Oakland (929); T-8. Southern Illinois (930), Evansville (930); 10. Drake (935); 11. South Dakota State (941); 12. Western Illinois (945); 13. Northern Illinois (959); 14. Illinois Wesleyan (987).
 

Toledo - Redbird Invitational - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS - Place: First

NORMAL, IL – Toledo set a school record for lowest 54-hole stroke total en route to successfully defending its Redbird Invitational on Monday. The event took place at Illinois State’s par-72, 6,074-yard Weibring Golf Club.

The Rockets held a three-shot lead over Bowling Green entering the final round and responded with the best round of the day to post a 12-stroke victory over Ball State. UT finished at 26-over par 890 (297-295-298) which was two strokes better than numbers posted by the Rockets in 2005 and 2007.

“I’m extremely proud of our performance,” Toledo Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “It was a total team effort the entire weekend, and I was really happy of how we hung in there during a couple of stretches when we struggled. The course played tough today with 20 mph winds and the greens were hard and firm. We played smart and were forced to hit shots that we aren’t used to.”

Senior Kate Hoops tied her individual best with a three-over par 219 (74-73-72) to tie for third place. Hoops was the only golfer in the field to shoot even par today thanks to birdieing her final hole. Sophomores Sathika Ruenreong (73-74-76) and Manisa Isavas (76-74-73) tied for ninth place at seven-over par 223, while junior Jennifer Elsholz tied for 13th place at nine-over par 225 (74-74-77). Junior Stephanie St-Jean rounded out the Rocket lineup with a 23-over par 239 (77-77-85) to finish tied for 52nd place.

Isavas’ performance in the tournament marked career bests for lowest 18-hole and 54-hole stroke totals, while Ruenreong tallied the eighth Top-10 showing of her young collegiate career.

Sophomore Morgan Salm also produced her best collegiate outing for her career competing as an individual, tying for 30th place at 17-over par 233 (78-79-76).

Ball State’s Jenna Hague captured medalist honors at one-under par 215 (72-70-73).

Toledo returns to action this weekend when it travels to East Lansing, MI for Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational. The Rockets will play 36 holes on Saturday, Sept. 14 followed by 18 holes on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Ball State - Redbird Invitational - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS Place: Second

NORMAL, Ill. -- A late push in Monday’s final round lifted Jenna Hague to medalist honors and the Ball State women's golf team to a second-place finish at the season-opening Redbird Invitational.
 
Hague posted a third-round 73 and matched the Ball State 54-hole scoring record at 1-under par 215 for the tournament. She birdied two of her final three holes to grab a one-stroke victory over round-two leader Lily Bartell of Bowling Green.
 
Teammate Meghan Perry gave the Cardinals a pair of top-10 finishers, tying for seventh place at 6-over 222. Perry, whose 54-hole total was the best of her career, carded a 77 in the closing round at the Weibring Golf Club.
 
Ball State also counted a 75 from Mary Welch and an 80 from Karley Dobis on the final day to post a team score of 305, which was good enough to jump Bowling Green by one shot for second place in the final standings.
 
The Cardinals ended with a three-round total of 902, finishing second only to Toledo's 890.
 
“It definitely was not as easy today as it was yesterday,” Hague said. “But when I had to hit the shots, for the most part I did. Toward middle to the end of our round, our team was making a move up leaderboard, too. We all knew every stroke really mattered, and it was a good feeling to finish well.”
 
A bogey on the 17th, Hague's 15th hole of the day, left her trailing by one stroke with three holes to play. But the junior from Ontario posted back-to-back birdies at the par-5 18th and the par-4 first to grab the lead. A par on her final hole, the second, sealed her fifth collegiate victory, extending her own school record.
 
“Jenna and Meghan are just so solid for us,” Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. “It was fun to have them in contention all day. We knew we would have to play very well today to win the tournament. Toledo wasn’t giving anything up. We didn’t have our best round today overall, but it was good enough to move up.”
 
Welch played a major role in Ball State’s jump to second place. The final-round 75 for the former Wisconsin-Stevens Point transfer was the best of her Ball State career. She made nine consecutive pars on the back nine to solidify her round.
 
Welch improved her score each round of the tournament and finished in a tie for 36th place at 235, while Sarah Westaway was one shot behind her in a tie for 41st at 236. Dobis rounded out the Ball State lineup with a three-round total of 241.
 
“We lost two starters from last year, so we had two golfers in the lineup for the first time in Mary and Karley,” Mowat said. “Both of them came through at different times. Mary’s performance on the back nine today was just so solid. We knew she had the game; this week she got the opportunity to get into the lineup, and she showed she's a competitor.”
 
Kelsey Sear, who competed in the tournament as an individual, ended with a score of 242.
 
This week’s tournament was the first of five events on Ball State’s fall schedule. The team is back in action next week at Louisville’s Cardinal Cup, which begins Monday, Sept. 16 at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky.

Ohio - Redbird Invitational - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS Place: Sixth

NORMAL, Ill. – The Ohio University women’s golf team finished competition at the Redbird Invitational on Monday in record fashion.
 
The Bobcats shot a team score of 306 on the final day of play, landing them in sixth place with a three-round score of 918 (311-301-306, +54). The ‘Cats 918 combined total was good for the second-best 54-hole score in program history and the lowest mark since 1999.
 
Toledo shot a combined 890 (297-295-298, +26) to take the Redbird Invitational for the second consecutive year.
 
This year’s Redbird Invitational played much more competitively than last year’s, when Toledo won the tournament with a 915 three-round score. A 915 score in this year’s tournament would have only been good for sixth place.
 
Ball State’s Jenna Hague represented the MAC shooting the top individual score at a 215 (72-70-73, -1).
 
Sophomore Angela Codian (Massilon, Ohio) led the strong finish for the ‘Cats, ending Monday’s play with a two-over par 74. Her three-round score of 223 (76-73-74, +7) tied her career best and placed her ninth of the 86 players in the field, marking her fourth career top-10 finish at Ohio.
 
Sophomore Lauren McKinzie (Medina, Ohio) and freshman Hailey Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich.) matched each other with three-round scores of 231 (McKinzie, 81-73-77, +15) (Hrynewich, 79-77-75, +15) putting them tied for 24th in the field.
 
Mckinzie’s 231 shattered her previous 54-hole best by 17 strokes.
 
Junior Julie Lechner (Powell, Ohio) shot an 80 on Monday to arrive in 30th place at three-round total of 233 (75-78-80, +17). The Bobcats were one of three teams to have four players finish in the top 30.
 
Senior Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio) shot her lowest round of the tournament on Monday finishing with an 81 to net her a three-round total of a 246 (83-82-81, +30).
 
Ohio will next play at the Nittany Lion Invitational in University Park, Pa., Sept. 27-29.
 
Bowling Green - Redbird Invitational - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS Place: Third 
 
NORMAL, Ill. – In recent past, the Bowling Green State University women's golf team has made the most of opening their season at the Redbird Invitational, and this year was no different.  Opening their 2013-14 season at the Redbird Invitational for the third consecutive season, the Falcons tied for third-place as Lily Bartell played one of the best tournaments in team history.
 
Playing at Weibring Golf Club, the Orange and Brown totaled a team score of 39-over 903 (293-302-308), which was one of the best rounds ever eighth year head coach Stephanie Young has coached.
 
Bartell carded an even 216 (69-71-76), which is the second-best 54-hole tournament score to only Susy Grunden's 210 in the 2010-11 North Texas Fall Classic. However, Bartell's 54-hole score was
not enough to win medalist honors, falling one stroke short, coming in a respectable second-place overall.
 
The sophomore entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over the eventual medalist Jenna Hague of Mid-American Conference foe Ball State. Bartell started the final round by making par on five of her first nine holes. Making the turn, Bartell entered the back nine where she was a combined 3-under par yesterday (Monday, Sept. 8), and she started hot once again. Bartell birdied the 10th hole before finishing even on the side for a 4-over 76 in her final round.
 
Freshman Mikayla Baer, who competed in her first collegiate tournament, finished with a team-low 2-over 74 on the day, rebounding from two straight rounds of 79 a day ago. Baer started her final round 1-under through seven holes after making birdie on the par-5 6th. Baer went on to par eight of her final 11 holes. Baeir finished the tournament with a card of 16-over 232 (79-79-74), finishing in a tie for 27th overall.
 
Junior Patricia Holt finished her tournament tied for 20th overall with a tournament total of 13-over 229 (74-77-78). Holt began the tournament with an opening round 74, tying her career-low.
Shelby Wilson and Hannah Lewis completed the Falcons team of five. Wilson finished the tournament with an 18-over 234 (75-79-80), finishing tied for 34th place. Lewis, who came off a career-best 36-hole mark of 150 (75-75), finished her tournament with an 8-over 80,  placing tied for 22nd.
 
Overall, the MAC had a strong showing in the tournament as three of the five teams finished third or better. University of Toledo defended their championship, placing first with a team score of 890, while Ball State finished third behind BGSU with a team score of 903. Host Illinois State finished in fourth-place, posting a team score of 908.
 
The Orange and Brown will tee off next on Mon. Sept. 16 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Cullowhee, NC.
 

Northern Illinois - Redbird Invitational - FIRST & SECOND ROUND  FINAL RESULTS Place: 13th

NORMAL, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team finished 13th at the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State at Weibring Golf Club Monday.

"Yesterday it was good to see them play 36 holes," NIU head coach Kim Kester said. "They handled it pretty good, better than I expected. Today, you could tell it took a toll on their bodies. No one could get off to a great start.
 
"We need to start getting four players playing good at the same time, not just one person or two people here or there. We need to get them going at the same time."
 
The Huskies finished with a 959 (317-318-324), as freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) paced NIU with a 237 in her first collegiate tournament to finish in 44th. Brickey, who carded a 76 and 82 in her first and second rounds respectively, shot a final round 79.
 
"It was a good first tournament for her," Kester said. "I'm very happy with how she did. Obviously, your first tournament is always the toughest, but she handled it extremely well."
 
Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) improved as the tournament went on, moving up nine spots after firing a final round 79. Niemiec, who finished in 60th with a 242, shot an 83 and 80 in her first and second rounds respectively. Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) finished in 49th with a 238 (82-74-82).
 
Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette), who posted a final round 84, finished in 60th with a 242 and Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) finished in 74th with a 250 (83-82-85).
 
Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), who was playing as an individual, finished in 55th after shooting a 240 (77-82-81). Coyne's first round 77 was a career low and all three of her scores were below her previous career best of 88.
 
Mid-American Conference foe Toledo won the event with an 890 (297-295-298), while Jenna Hague of Ball State took home the individual title with a 215, shooting one under for the tournament.
 
NIU returns to action Monday, Sept. 16 when the Huskies travel to Chicago to compete in the Cougar Golf Classic. Tee time is set for 8 a.m. CT at Harborside International Golf Center.

 

Sunday, September 8 - Tuesday, September 10
Akron - Golfweek Program Challenge - FIRST & SECOND ROUND   FINAL RESULTS

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – The University of Akron women's golf team closed out the 2013 Golfweek Program Challenge in eighth place on Tuesday at the par-71, 6,038-yard Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.
 
The Zips posted a round of 20-over 304 to close out the event with a 54-hole tally of 917 (+65). Campbell (862, +10) won the event by 17 strokes, with Jacksonville State (879, +27) and James Madison (883, +31) rounding out the top three.
 
Freshman Lina Bengtsson and senior Sara Chaves led the way for the Zips, finishing in a tie for 29th place with three-day scores of 228 (+15). Both Bengtsson and Chaves posted rounds of 3-over 74 on Tuesday.
 
Sophomore Frida Fougberg struggled on the final day, carding a 10-over 81 to finish tied for 32nd place with a tally of 230 (+17).
 
Junior Laura Murray used a second-consecutive round of 5-over 76 to move up the leaderboard to finish tied for 36th place (232, +19).
 
Sophomore Sierra Everson rounded out the scoring-five in a tie for 46th place (241, +28) after posting a round of 80 (+9).
 
The Zips finished sixth overall in the Golfweek Program Challenge with a combined score of 1,773 (+57). The men's squad won their event with a score of 8-under 856. Campbell (1,742, +25) and Jacksonville State (1,742, +25) tied for the overall win.
 
The women's squad returns to action on Friday, Sept. 27, when they travel to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Invitational.