March 19, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Competing in brutal weather conditions, the Navy women's golf team wrapped up its first varsity action on Monday evening at the rain-shortened C&F Bank Intercollegiate at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. The tournament was originally slated for 54 holes, but a Monday morning weather delay caused second-round action to be wrapped up this morning, forcing meet officials to finish play after the conclusion of the second round.
Navy would finish in 27th place with a two-day total of 712 (+144) after rounds of 351-361. Boston College won the tournament with a two-day tally of 302-296=598 (+30), while Richmond was second with a 311-298=609 (+41). Patriot League member Lehigh was tied for ninth with a 321-302=623 (+55) on the challenging Par-71 layout.
The Mids finished 28 shots ahead of Randolph-Macon College (740) and were 15 shots behind 26th-place Mount St. Mary's (697).
"We played in very wet, cold and windy conditions on an LPGA- and PGA-caliber course. The team stuck with their game plan and continued to show great improvements. The weather and continual downpours proved to be very challenging, but the team grinded until the very last hole," said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. "We are excited about the many highlights from the weekend and just need to work hard to improve our consistency on the greens. It was a great debut for Navy women's golf."
A pair of Navy players, Reneta Bucher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Catherine Reed (Tipp City, Ohio) paced the Midshipmen in the second round, both recording 88s. Bucher finished the tournament as Navy's leader with an overall score of 169 (81-88), while Reed tallied a two-day total of 175 (87-88).
Grace Dalton (Malvern, Pa.) followed with a two-day score of 182, cutting four shots off her first-round score of 93 with a second-round 89. Natalie Crow (San Jose, Calif.) totaled a 186 (90-96), while Melia-Mae Lagat rounded out the Midshipmen scoring with a 217 (99-118).
Vinh Hoa-Ngo of Boston College won the tournament with a three-over par score of 145 (74-71).
Navy will host its first home meet in school history next Saturday, when it takes on Mount St. Mary's in a dual at the Naval Academy Golf Course.
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