April 21, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. --
The Navy women's golf team wrapped up a successful Patriot League Championship on Sunday, tallying another 351 to finish with a 1,054 overall score to finish third out of four teams at the inaugural Patriot League women's golf championship at the Bucknell Golf Course.
The Midshipmen finished third in their first Division I season, just seven months after announcing the elevation from club to varsity status.
"I am very pleased with the way we finished this year and the improvement we showed all season long," said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. "We played steady and were really consistent this weekend. We were hoping to break 350, but came up just short. I am really excited for the girls and it was a nice way to finish our season. We are building our program and are excited about where we are going. It was a great team with wonderful girls and I am really proud of what we accomplished this year."
Navy compiled three of its best rounds of the year, including season-bests 351 in its last two rounds to outdistance fourth-place Holy Cross by 62 strokes. Lehigh won the title with a 315-317-309=941, while Bucknell finished second with a 317-320-307=944.
The Midshipmen's three rounds were 352-351-351=1,054, while Holy Cross had rounds of 365-372-379=1,116.
Freshman Renata Bucher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and senior Catherine Reed (Tipp City, Ohio) tied for 12th with identical scores of 258. Bucher had a tough first round, but finished strong with rounds of 93-82-83=258, while Reed tallied rounds of 83-93-82=258 to finish tied with Bucher for the team's top score.
Natalie Crow (Sr. / San Jose, Calif.) had a solid tournament, finishing with an 87-91-89=267 to finish in 17th place. Crow's previous best round came in her first round of the season with an opening-round 90 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate.
Grace Dalton (Jr. / Malvern, Pa.) rounded out Navy's scoring with an 89-85-97=271 to finish 18th overall. Her rounds yesterday were her career-low scores.
Lehigh's Chelsea Michalek earned medalist honors and was named the Patriot League Golfer of the Year with a 73-78-76=227 (17-over par).
The tournament concluded Navy's first varsity season.
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