Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season with Record-Setting Performance
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The Navy women’s golf program had a record-setting performance in its ninth-place showing at the Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Classic this Sunday to Tuesday at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Navy shot a school-record 900 (303-296-301; +36) to finish in a four-way tie for ninth place in the 43-team field. Host College of Charleston won the event with an 872 (288-279-305; +8) and Murray State was the team runner-up with an 879 (290-288-301; +15).
Navy shot a 303 in the opening round on Sunday and sat in a tie for 21st place, but the Mids followed with a 296 on Monday to move up to 17th, and then finished with a 301 on Tuesday to move into the top 10.
Navy’s second-round score of 296 (+8) was a new school record, just beating out the former team-low round of 297, which was shot at the Seahawk Spring Invitational in the spring of 2017. Navy’s other team round scores of 301 and 303 at the Kiawah Island Classic also rank in the top five in school history.
Navy’s total score of 900 (+36) broke Navy’s former 54-hole tournament school record by 15 strokes. The previous record was a 915, which was set at the Navy Fall Invitational this previous fall.
“I am so proud of the team,” said head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. “They have been practicing hard in the Gurneé Golf Center and getting out on the course when the weather permitted. The team played really well. They all managed their games well and stayed patient. I’m so proud of their play and their super attitudes.”
Navy freshman Christine McDonnell tied for 20th place out of 218 golfers with a three-round score of 220 (75-72-73; +4). The 220 was one stroke shy of her own school record for lowest individual 54-hole score of 219, which was set at the Navy Fall Invitational earlier this season.
Sophomore Morgan Frazier tied for 32nd place with a 54-hole score of 223 (78-69-76; +7). Frazier’s second-round score of 2-under par 69 is the second-best individual round in program history and her career-low. Her 223 was the lowest three-round of her career and the third-lowest in school history.
Senior Legare Augenstein tied for 79th place with a 229 (73-80-76; +13). The 229 is tied for the fifth-lowest score in school history and is her new career-low.
Senior Christine Walker tied for 113th place with a 233 (77-80-76; +17) and freshman Emily Root tied for 147th place with a 239 (80-75-84; +23). The 3-over par 75 that Root shot in the second round is her lowest round of the season.
There was a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard as Jacksonville State’s Valentina Giraldo, Murray State’s Lucila Puente Rodriguez and UNC Wilmington’s Lyberty Anderson each shot a 5-under par 211.
Navy fared well against Patriot League competition at the Kiawah Island Classic. Boston University placed 22nd (916), Richmond placed 23rd (919) and Bucknell placed 40th (966).
The Kiawah Island Classic was played at both the Osprey Point course and the Oak Point course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The event is the largest women’s golf tournament in the country and served as Navy’s spring season opener.
Navy has made incredible progress as a program since the last time it competed at the Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Classic in 2015. In that event Navy shot a three-round score of 1,007 and placed 37th out of 40 teams. Just three years later in this tournament, Navy shot a 900 and had a top-10 team finish.
Navy will next play a dual match against the University of San Francisco at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. on March 12.