Women's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 9/30/2013

Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments

Friday - Sunday, September 27-29

Nittany Lion Invitational   FINAL RESULTS
Kent State
Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan

1. Kent State 294-288-291=873
2. Yale 289-294-294=877
3. Penn State 293-298-296=887
4. Columbia 306-294-293=893
5. Old Dominion 304-304-299=907
6. Longwood 302-307-306=915
7. William & Mary 306-299-311=916
8. Georgetown 302-310-307=919
9. Eastern Michigan 306-305-310=921
t-10. Ohio 305-309-308=922
t-10. Akron 308-302-312=922
12. Western Michigan 306-308-313=927
13. Bucknell 310-315-319=944
14. Rutgers 310-322-319=951

Kent State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – You can't ask for much more out of the Kent State women's golf program right now.
The lady Flashes took home the title at the Nittany Lion Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 29), sweeping all top honors as Jennifer Ha also won the event as an individual.  Josée Doyon finished the event tied for second place.
"They played hard all the way until the end," said Head Coach Greg Robertson.  "That's one thing about this team right now that I'm really happy about.  They don't quit."
The team win and Ha's individual win mark the second time this season both have happened in as many events.  Kent State and Ha opened the season with wins at the Minnesota Invitational.  This marks just the second time in program history that women's golf has won two fall tournaments.  The last time was during the 2002-2003 season.
Kent State posted a 291 (+3) on the final day to hold on to their lead, finishing the tournament with an 873 (+9) to end up four strokes ahead of runner-up Yale.
The Golden Flashes' second and third round scores of 288 and 291, respectively, were the lowest for any team in the three-day event.
Individually, Ha shot a final day round of 70 (-2) to end the tournament with a 212 (-4) for the four-stroke win.  Doyon scored a 216 (E) to earn second place honors.
"As far as Jennifer, I'm so proud of her," said Robertson.  "The caliber of golf she's playing right now is incredible."
Kent State looks to close out the fall season at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma, beginning Saturday (Oct. 5).  The event will conclude on Monday (Oct. 7).
"It's going to be a good test," Robertson said.  "I hope we've been able to build some confidence."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Ohio University women's golf team concluded competition at the Nittany Lion Invitational on Sunday and posted a combined final round score of 308.
After 54 holes of play, the Bobcats finished with a 922 (305-309-308, +58), with the final round 308 score moving the team into a tie for 10th place with Akron.
Kent State showed some #MACtion, shooting an 873 (294-288-291, +9) combine score to the take top honors at the tournament. Jenna Ha led the Golden Flashes to victory shooting an outstanding 212 (70-72-70, -4) to put her in first place of the 93 participating student-athletes.
Yale (877, +13) finished in second place just four strokes shy of Kent State while host Penn State (887, +23) followed in third.
The duo of senior Kristen Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio) and freshman Hailey Hrynewich (Muskegon, Mich.) led the Bobcats with a 230 (+14), tying them for 31st place. Helmsdoerfer displayed senior leadership through her round-by-round consistency, shooting 76-77-77 in the tournament.
Hrynewich equalized her senior teammate by shooting 72-77-81 in the tournament. The true freshman's first round 72 score marked Ohio's season-best single-round score by a student-athete.
Senior Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio) showed impressive round-by-round improvement tallying a 236 (86-76-74, +20) to net her 53rd place. Brinkmann's 74 score on Sunday was good for the day's 13th best among the field.
Junior Julie Lechner (Powell, Ohio) shot a 237 (78-79-80, +21) while sophomore Angela Codian (Massillon, Ohio) concluded the tournament with a 239 (79-83-77, +23) combined score. Sophomore Lauren McKinzie (Medina, Ohio) rounded out the `Cats, shooting a 248 (80-84-84, +32) combined score.
The team's 10th place finish marks the Bobcats' best finish in the Nittany Lion Invitational since 2007 when the team also placed 10th.
Ohio will next play in The Preview to be hosted by Ball State in Fishers, Ind., on Oct. 8 and 9.

Eastern Michigan

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University women's golf team finished ninth at the 2013 Nittany Lion Invitational, Sept. 27-29. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Penn State University, was played at the PSU Blue Course (Par 72 - 6,263 yards) in University Park, Pa.
The Eagles were not able to move up in its final 18, posting a 22-over 310 to finish with a 57-over 921 (306-305-310). Second-round leader Kent State University ran away from the field with a final round three-over 291 to finish at 873 (294-288-291), four shots ahead of runner-up Yale at 877 (289-294-294). PSU was third at 887, with Columbia in fourth at 893. Old Dominion rounded out the top-five teams with a 907.
Senior Corey Crossan (London, Ontario, Canada-Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School) was the top EMU golfer with a 228 (79-71-78), finishing in tie for 25th place. One day after carding a career-low round of 71, Crossan managed to notch her seventh career top 25 showing.
Freshman Kelsey Murphy (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) was next in a tie for 38th with a 231 (73-79-79) after her final round 79. Redshirt sophomore Karyn Lee Ping (Brampton, Ontario, Canada-St. Augustine Secondary School) and junior Sylvie Williams (Christchurch, New Zealand-Christchurch Girls School-Lincoln) tied for 43rd at 233, while junior Lois Schoof (Amsterdam, Netherlands-Univ. of Amsterdam) tied for 65th at 240 (83-78-79). Usanee Laopattananont (Bangplee, Thailand-Thai Christian School) was the final scoring Eagle at 250 (80-84-86).
The Eagles will return to the course Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-8, playing in the Mid-American Conference Preview in Fishers, Ind.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of Akron women's golf team concluded the 37th Nittany Lion Invitational in a tie for ninth place on Sunday at the par-72, 6,263-yard Penn State Blue Course.
The Zips posted a round of 20-over 312 to end the weekend with a 54-hole score of 922 (+58). Akron ended the day tied with Mid-American Conference foe Ohio. MAC-rival Kent State posted a four-shot win after carding a three-round score of 873 (+9).
Freshman Lina Bengtsson just missed a top-10 finish, closing play in a tie for 11th place for her first-collegiate top-25 performance. She fired a round of 2-over 74 to finish with a weekend score of 224 (+8).
Sophomore and fellow Swede Frida Fougberg earned her first top-25 of the season, posting a round of 3-over 75 on Sunday to finish with a total of 226 (+10) to close play in a tie for 17th place.
Senior Sara Chaves and junior Laura Murray each finished in a tie for 57th place with identical three-round tallies of 237 (+21). Chaves closed the round with an 83 (+11) while Murray carded a 10-over 82.
Senior Whitney Graff finished in 80th place (246, +30), posting a round of 87 (+15). Sophomore Sierra Everson rounded out the squad in a tie for 86th place (252, +36). Everson ended the weekend with a round of 81 (+9).
The Zips return to action on Oct. 7 when they travel to Fishers, Ind., for the 2013 MAC Fall Preview.
Western Michigan
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Freshman Anna Wilcoxson carded the seventh lowest 54-hole score in program history in her collegiate debut, finishing in a four-way tie for seventh at the Nittany Lion Women's Invitational.
The South Bend, Ind., native carded rounds of 74, 73 and 75 en route to a three-round total of 222 matching the effort of Erin Thorne at the 2007 Rio Verde Invitational for the seventh best 54-hole performance ever at WMU.  Wilcoxson paced the Broncos with eight birdies sprinkled through her three rounds.
Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Watkins also carded all three rounds in the 70's, shooting 76-78-79 to finished tied for 43rd.
Western Michigan finished alone in 12th five shots out of the top 10 after carding rounds of 306-308-313.  Mid-American Conference counterpart No. 23 Kent State captured the team title at 873 (+9) holding off Yale (877) by four strokes.  Host Penn State, Columbia and Old Dominion rounded out the top five.
The Golden Flashes boasted the top two individuals, including medalist Jennifer Ha at 212 (-4).  KSU's Josee Doyan and Yale's Sandy Wongwaiwate finished second and third each at even par 216.

Monday - Tuesday, September 30 - October 1

UMKC Kangaroo Fall Invitational   Final Results
Northern Illinois

KANSAS CITY - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team finished fourth in the UMKC Kangaroo Fall Invitational at Shoal Creek Golf Club hosted by UMKC Tuesday.
NIU shot a final round 313 to finish the tournament with a 932, the fifth lowest score in school history for a 54-hole event and well below their 959 shot at the Redbird Invitational in the season opener. The three rounds the Huskies shot at Shoal Creek were the lowest of the season.
Despite the low scores in the three rounds, NIU head coach Kim Kester knows her team could have played better.
"We couldn't play the way we played yesterday in the final round today," Kester said. "Overall, it was a good tournament. Still it's not where we want to be. We'll learn from this tournament and use it to get better next week at The Preview."
Junior Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette), senior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) were the top finishers for the Huskies. LaBarbera shot a final round 82 to finish with a 232, and in 13th place. Niemiec and Brickey finished in 14th with a 234. Brickey shot her lowest score of the tournament, carding a final round 75, while Niemiec shot a final round 80.
Junior Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also improved as the tournament went on. She shot a final round 76 to go along with her first and second round scores of 81 and 78 respectively. She finished in 16th with a 235. Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) took 39th with a 251 (78-87-86) to round out the Huskie competitors.
NIU returns to the course Oct. 7 when the Huskies travel to Fishers, Ind. for The 2013 Preview at The Hawthornes Golf Club. Tee time is set for 8 a.m. CT.