Women's Golf Competes at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate
March 18, 2014
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Sophomore Renata Bucher tied for eighth place individually and the Navy women's golf team finished 12th out of 13 teams at William & Mary's Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate this week at the par-72 Kingsmill Resort River Course. Navy played 36 holes on Sunday and poor weather conditions forced tournament officials to cancel play on both Monday and Tuesday.
"We played all 36 holes on Sunday and Renata shot two steady 79s," head coach Nadia Ste-Marie said. "Katie [Ryall] and Melia [Lagat] also shot their personal bests in the second round. The conditions were demanding with temperatures in the mid to low 40s and strong winds."
Yale won the team title with a 616 (+41) and was followed by second-place Longwood (626; +50) and third-place Fairleigh Dickinson (632; +56). Longwood's Amanda Steinhagen was the individual medalist with an even-par 144 (71-73), winning by five strokes.
Navy shot a 354 in the morning round on Sunday before shooting a program-best 340 in the afternoon round for a total score of 694 (+118). Navy broke 700 in a 36-hole tournament for the first time in its brief program history. Navy finished 11 strokes behind 11th-place Monmouth (683; +107) and 21 strokes ahead of last-place IUPUI (715; +139).
Bucher matched her career-low two-round score of 158 (79-79; +14) to finish in a tie for eighth place out of 70 golfers. Bucher carded her second straight top-10 finish after being the runner-up at the Bulldog Florida Invitational last week with a 158 (78-80).
Freshman Katie Ryall tied for 33rd place with a season-best 166. Ryall shot an 87 in the morning before turning in a season-low 79 in the afternoon.
Sophomore Melia Lagat and freshman Marci Browning tied for 62nd by shooting a pair of 187s. Lagat opened with a 99 and closed with a career-low 88. Browning opened with a career-low 89 and followed with a 98.
Navy will next compete at Georgetown's Hoya Invitational from March 31 to April 1.