Women's Golf Weekly Recap

Updated 9/16/2013
Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Saturday - Sunday, September 14-15, 2013
Mary Fossum Invitational
Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan
Team Results: 1. Michigan State 288-296-308=892 (+28); 2. Ohio State 296-296-304=896 (+32); 3. Notre Dame 299-301-306=908 (+42); 4. Northwestern 302-303-302=907 (+43); 5. Oregon 303-299-306=908 (+44); 6. East Tennessee State 306-303-300=909 (+46); 7. Miami (FL) 305-302-311=918 (+54); 8. Florida International 305-305-312=922 (+58); 9. Toledo 312-301-317=930 (+66); 10. Eastern Michigan 311-309-314=934 (+70); 11. Indiana 318-309-312=939 (+75); 12. Ferris State 321-314-321=956 (+92); 13. Louisiana Monroe 317-320-320=957 (+93); 14. Western Michigan 322-320-330=972 (+108); 15. Oakland 320-330-325=975 (+111)
EAST LANSING, MI – Toledo played through wet playing conditions on Sunday to maintain its ninth-place standing entering today’s play at Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational. The Rockets finished with a team score of 66-over par 930 (312-301-317) and were led by the sophomore tandem of Sathika Ruenreong and Morgan Salm.
Ruenreong carded UT’s best round of the day with a four-over par 76 to finish at 16-over par 232 (79-77-76) and tied for 34th place. Salm concluded her first tournament in UT’s lineup by matching Ruenreong at 16-over 232 (78-75-79). Sophomore Manisa Isavas also shot a 79 today and tied for 58th place at 24-over par 240 (82-79-79).
Junior Jennifer Elsholz tied for 41st place at 17-over par 233 (77-73-83), while senior Kate Hoops tied for 58th place at 23-over par 239 (78-76-85).
The host Spartans captured the tournament title for the eighth time in the last 11 years at 28-over par 892 (288-296-308), four strokes ahead of Ohio State’s total of 32-over par 896 (296-296-304). MSU senior Liz Nagel earned medalist honors at one-over par 217 (68-75-74), three strokes in front of the trio of OSU freshman Illen Domeia (71-73-76=220), Notre Dame junior Ashley Armstrong (76-75-69=220) and Northwestern sophomore Kaitlyn Park (73-74-73=220).
Toledo will now take three weeks off before returning to action for The Preview in Fishers, IN on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7-8.
Eastern Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- In her first collegiate tournament, Eastern Michigan University freshman Kelsey Murphy (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth) recorded a top-15 showing, finishing in a tie for 14th place, at the 30th Annual Mary Fossum Invitational on the par 72, 6,348-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course, Sept. 14-15.
Competing against some of the region's best golfers, the highly acclaimed Plymouth, Mich. native carded a 77 in the final round to finish with a 226 (74-75-77). Murphy becomes the first EMU freshman since Catherine Fortin to lead the squad in scoring during the opening tournament of the season. Fortin fired at 237 (79-79-79) to finish in a tie for 29th place at the Notre Dame Invitational, Sept. 4-5, 2004.
As a team, the Eagles finished 10th with a team score of 934 (311-309-314) as host Michigan State University took home the invitational hardware with an 892 (288-29-308). The Spartans defeated Ohio State by four shots to win their home tournament for the eighth time in the past 11 years. MSU's Liz Nagel captured medalist honors with a one-over 217 (68-75-74).
Redshirt sophomore  Karyn Lee Ping (Brampton, Ontario, Canada-St. Augustine Secondary School) carded a 79 on Sunday to finish tied for 41st with a 233 (76-78-79). Junior Sylvie Williams (Christchurch, New Zealand-Lincoln) followed with a 237 (80-79-78) while senior Corey Crossan (London, Ontario, Canada-Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School) turned in a 238 (81-77-80) for 53rd. Senior Rushda Mallick (Cape Town, South Africa-Glenwood House-Cape Peninsula University of Technology) rounded out the lineup with a 267 (89-85-93) for 93rd place.
Playing as an individual, senior Usanee Laopattananont (Bangplee, Thailand-Thai Christian School) turned in rounds of 84,77 and 80 to take 61st with a cumulative total of 241.
The Eagles are next in action Sept. 27-29 at the Nittany Lion Invitational in University Park, Pa.
Western Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Western Michigan golf team has one tournament under its collective belt as the Broncos closed out the 2013 Mary Fossum Invitational on Sunday.
Kelsey Carney put together a pair of consistent rounds to open the tournament, shooting 79 (+7) and 77 (+5) to finish as the low scorer for WMU.  Carney's second round 77 was the low score of the tournament for the Broncos.
True freshman Kaitlyn Watkins made her collegiate debut in this event, finishing second on the team with a low round of 79 during the second round.
Michigan State captured the team title in its own tournament, carding collective rounds of 288-296-308 to outlast conference counterpart Ohio State by four strokes.  Notre Dame (906), Northwestern (907) andf Oregon (908) rounded out the tightly contested top five.  WMU finished alone in 14th.
The Spartans' Liz Nagel earned medalist honors with 1-over par 217 to out pace three others tied for second by three shots.
Monday - Tuesday, September 16-17, 2013
Minnesota Invitational
Kent State
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -  Kent State kept the momentum going in the final round of the Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday (Sept. 17), closing out the event with a team win and an individual win for Jennifer Ha.
The victory marks the first in Head Coach Greg Robertson's Kent State coaching career.
"I was happy with the way the team played," said Robertson.  "I challenged them a little bit and told them I was going to find out a lot about them in the final round and, sure enough, they came out in the final round and fought hard."
The Golden Flashes posted a 902 (+38) through 54 holes to beat Illinois by a stroke.  They improved round-by-round, shooting a 306 in the opening followed by a 302.  They ended with a tournament-low round of 294.
Ha shot a 76 and 71 on day one to find herself with the lead going into Tuesday.  She heated up on the final 18, shooting a tournament low 68 (-4) to cap off a seven-stroke victory with a final score of 215 (-1).   Ha had two birdies and an eagle on the final nine and led the field with 13 birdies in all.  Her rounds of 71 and 68 were the lowest posted by anyone in the invitational.
"Not just winning it, but the way she won," said Robertson of Ha, "it's definitely going to help her confidence, and I think it's going to help the team's confidence, too."
Kent State also had help from Josée Doyon who tied for fourth after shooting a 224 (+8).  Individually, Raksha Phadke finished in a tie for 14th place with a 230 (+14) and Natalie Goodson shot a total of 238 (+22) to finish tied for 37th.  Taylor Kim's two rounds of 77 and 76 helped solidify the win for the Golden Flashes.
"It's good to start off the year with a win," Robertson said.  "Now it's time to get back to work and keep making improvements."
The Golden Flashes hit the course again on September 27th-29th as part of the Nittany Lion Invitational in State College, Pa.  Log on to kentstatesports.com or follow @KentStWGolf on Twitter for all the updates. 
Great Smokies Intercollegiate
Bowling Green
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. –  Breaking records is usually something one can talk about for a long time, however, that seems to not be the case lately for the Bowling Green State University women's golf team. Playing in their final round at the Waynesville Inn – golf Resort & Spa in Waynesville, N.C., the Falcons moved up two positions thanks to a record breaking day.
On the day, the Orange and Brown shot a team score of 288, breaking the previous-best 293, which was set only a week ago at the Redbird Invitational. BGSU also had a 36-hole score of 594, which also beat the previous-best by six strokes.
Eighth year head coach Stephanie Young featured a lineup over the past two days (Sept. 16-17) of Bailey Arnold, Patricia Holt, Lily Bartell, Hannah Lewis and Mikayla Baer. Coach Young saw four of her five players all improve their scores in the second round.
It was the first time they returned to the Great Smokies Intercollegiate since 2011. However, this time the Falcons saw drastic improvements both individually and as a team. In 2011, BGSU shot a 36-hole score of 612, seeing an improvement by 18 strokes.
A big part of that equation is Arnold. Arnold who shot a frustrating first round 79, fired back with a career-low round of 4-under 68 in her final round. For the tournament, Arnold finished with a 3-over 147 (79-68), improving by 11 strokes on the second day.
 Bartell, who shot a 3-over 75 in the first round, bounced back with a 1-over 73 in her final round. Bartell carded a 4-over 148 overall, placing her in a tie for 22nd.
Lewis was another Falcon that saw her scorecard improve on the second day, answering back with an even-par 72 for a total of 153 on the tournament, placing her tied for 35th place.
Holt totaled a 154 (79-75) overall for the tournament, with a four stroke improvement from the first round. For the tournament, Holt finished tied for 37th position. Meanwhile, Baer carded a 155 (73-82) overall, placing her tied for 40th.
BGSU will be right back in action next week at the Cleveland State Invitational beginning on Monday, Sept. 23.
Cougar Classic
Northern Illinois

CHICAGO - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team posted its first top-10 finish of the season as it took seventh place in the Cougar Classic hosted by Chicago State at Harborside International Golf Center Tuesday.
NIU posted a final round 324 to finish the tournament with a 638, finishing 29 strokes behind first place Chicago State who won the tournament with a 609 (306-303). Brooke Melvin of Chicago State took home the individual title with a 145 (75-70).
"There were some good things that happened for us this week, but still have a lot to work on and a short time to do it," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "We have a lot of work to do before UMKC and hopefully we can have a better showing out there."
Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) led the way for the Huskies posting her first career top-10 finish when she finished eighth with a 153. Coyne shot a final round 78, three strokes above her first round score. Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who is playing as an individual, posted a top-20 finish, placing 19th after shooting a 157 (77-80).
"She did really well," Kester said of Coyne's play Tuesday. "The last tournament she played as an individual and showed a lot of good things. I gave her the chance this week and she proved she belonged in the line up. She did well."
Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) posted a 161 to finish in 31st. She shot a final round 81 to go along with her opening round 80. Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) finished in 32nd with a 162. Niemiec fired an 81 in both rounds, while LaBarbera slipped a bit in her final round shooting an 84 after her first round 78.
Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) finished in 54th after shooting a 167 and completes the list of Huskie golfers. Connie Ellett shot an 85 in her final round of play.
The Huskies return to the course in two weeks when NIU travels to the UMKC Kangaroo Fall Invitational. Tee time is set for 8 a.m.
Cardinal Cup
Ball State
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. -- The Ball State women’s golf team closed with its best round of the tournament Tuesday to finish Louisville’s Cardinal Cup in 11th place.
Jenna Hague climbed two spots into a tie for sixth on the final individual leaderboard after an even-par 72 in the last round at The Cardinal Club. Hague was steady all week, closing with a 54-hole score of 2-over par 218 (73-73-72).
That total is the third lowest in Ball State history and comes on the heels of last week’s Redbird Invitational where Hague tied the school record with a 215. Through two tournaments, her season stroke average stands at 72.17.
Louisville finished its home event as the only team in red figures, winning the tournament at 5-under par 859 for the three rounds. Kansas was second at 17-over. Louisville’s Laura Restrepo was the individual champion at 4-under.
Ball State finished with a team total of 934 after closing with a final-round 307 to remain in 11th place. Seven of the 13 teams competing this week finished in the top 115 of the national rankings last year.
Seniors Meghan Perry and Sarah Westaway each posted their best rounds of the tournament Tuesday. Perry carded a 76 to move into a tie for 44th individually with a three-round total of 235. Westaway closed with a 77 to finish at 241.
The Cardinals also counted an 82 from Mary Welch in Tuesday’s round. Welch posted a score of 243 for the tournament, while teammate Karley Dobis closed with an 85 to finish with a total of 250. Brenna Obergfell, competing as an individual, finished with a 54-hole score of 255 after closing with an 89.
Ball State returns to action next week with the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo. The 54-hole event runs Monday through Wednesday.