MAC Women’s Co-Golfers Of The Week
Laura Bavaird, Western Michigan, Jr., Grosse Ile, Mich. (Grosse Ile)
Bavaird captured the first tournament title of her career by earning medalist honors at the William & Mary Invitational on March 24-25. Bavaird, who carded an even-par 72 to take a two-shot lead into the second and final round of the tournament, followed with a 2-over-par 74 to claim the individual tournament crown. The junior becomes the first WMU golfer to earn individual medalist since Stephanie Donkin did so at the BSU Cardinal Classic in 2004. WMU's Bavaird ended the tournament 72-74 for a 2-over-par 146, matching her career low for 36 holes, and finished with a four-stroke victory over Methodist's Charlotte Williams and Winthrop's Sara Hester. WMU (310-307=617) captured its first tournament title since the 2004 BSU Cardinal Classic with a two-shot victory over Methodist.
Stephany Fleet, Eastern Michigan, So., Dewitt. Mich. (Dewitt)
Fleet took titlest honors after shooting a one- over-par 73 in the final round of the the Saluki Invitational to finish with a score of 145. Fleet led from wire-to-wire as ISU’s Laura Harris and Austin Peay’s Staci Lynch tied for second with a score of 148. The victory marked Fleet’s first career tournament title along with her setting a career-low for 36-holes. The Dewitt, Mich. native’s previous two-round record was a 151 at the Cardinal Classic, Sept. 9- 10, 2006. Overall with the victory, Fleet becomes just the eighth Eagle to claim medalist honors in the program’s nine-year history. As a team Eastern Michigan University shot a 303 in the final round to win the title with a score of 610.
Kirsty O'Connor, Ball State, Fr., Burnley, Lancashire, U.K. (Habergham)
O’Connor placed first out of 56 golfers as Ball State captured the Butler Spring Invitational for the second straight year. O’Connor fired rounds of 77-79 to tie with fellow BSU teammate Sarah Windlan for first place. After a good drive and hitting the green in regulation, O’Connor had a tap-in par to defeat Windlan on the first playoff hole and win individual medalist honors. As a team, the Cardinals finished first at the nine-team invitational, 13 strokes better than second-place IPFW.
Natalie Storck, Toledo, Sr., Auckland, New Zealand
Storck tied for ninth place to lead the Rockets to a ninth-place finish at the UALR/North Texas Classic with a seven-over par 223 (72-75-76). Storck’s 54-hole stroke total equaled her best performance of the season.