Navy Places Fourth at Patriot League Women’s Golf Championship
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UPPER SAUCON, Pa. - The Navy women’s golf team placed fourth out of six teams at the 2017 Patriot League Women’s Golf Championship at the Saucon Valley Country Club on Saturday and Sunday.
Navy shot a three-round score of 963 (319-313-331; +99) at the par-72, 6,012-yard Grace Course. Individually, junior Legare Augenstein was Navy’s top performer, tying for 12th place with a career-low 238 (77-76-85; +22).
“We had a great season overall, but a tough day today,” said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. “The team played really well on Saturday in tough conditions but we didn’t bounce back well today. The greens were a lot faster on Sunday and our scores were a bit higher.”
Richmond edged out Boston University by two strokes to capture the team title and automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Championship. Richmond won its second straight league title. The Spiders shot a 54-hole score of 916 (298-312-306; +52), while Boston University shot a 918 (313-295-310; +54).
Host Lehigh placed third with a 930 (314-318-298; +66), Navy was fourth with a 963, Bucknell was fifth at 967 (324-320-323; +103) and Holy Cross was sixth with a 1,063 (349-360-354; +199).
Boston University senior Adela Cejnarova was the individual medalist for the third straight season en route to being named the Patriot League Player of the Year. Cejnarova shot a 74-71-77=222 (+6) to win by three strokes.
Richmond’s Ali Wright was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year.
Navy entered Sunday tied with Lehigh for third place, but the Mids shot a 331 (+43) in the final round on Sunday and Lehigh fired a 298 (+10). Lehigh was bolstered by back-to-back hole-in-ones on the par-3 fifth hole.
Navy’s Augenstein (12th place) finished just four strokes outside the top-10 with her three-round score of 238. Augenstein entered the final round tied for fifth place after shooting a 77 and a 76 in the first two rounds on Saturday. Augenstein also tied for 12th place at the 2015 Patriot League Championship.
Navy junior Jane Moon was two strokes behind Augenstein and placed 15th in the 34-player field. Moon shot a three-round score of 240 (79-80-81; +24). Moon has placed in the top-16 in three straight Patriot League Championships.
Navy freshman Morgan Frazier placed 18th with a 242 (83-78-81; +26). Frazier finished just one shot behind fellow freshmen Jackie Gonzalez (Holy Cross) and Minuette Laessig (Lehigh), who recorded 241s. Gonzalez and Laessig were named the Patriot League Co-Rookies of the Year for being the top freshmen finishers at the league meet.
Walker’s 2016-17 season average of 80.1 broke her own school record from last season (80.4). Frazer’s scoring average of 80.3 is the second-lowest in school history, behind only Walker’s average this season.
Under Ste-Marie, Navy lowered its team scoring average for a fourth-straight year to a program-low 322.2 this season.
“Overall, we had a remarkable season with some great highlights individually and as a team,” said Ste-Marie. “It would have been great to finish in third, but we are making progress and we are heading in the right direction as a program. We are going to keep building.”