Women's Golf Places Third at Tignanelli Towson Invitational
PHOENIX, Md. - The Navy women's golf team opened its 2017-18 season with a strong performance at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational, placing third in the nine-team field. Navy shot a 36-hole team score of 624 (310-314; +48), while sophomore Morgan Frazier and senior Christine Walker both placed in the top-10 individually.
"It was a good start to the season," said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. "We were in second place after the first round and were in a position to move forward. We will learn from our performance and we will keep refining our game. Our goal is to improve at every tournament and this team knows they are capable of finishing at the top."
The two-day tournament was played at the par-72, 6,162-yard Eagle's Nest Country Club on Sunday and Monday.
Towson won its home tournament with a two-round score of 614 (+38). Patriot League-member Lehigh was second with a 622 and Navy was two strokes behind Lehigh with a 624. Monmouth was fifth with a 627 and was followed by Longwood (638), Central Connecticut State (661), Hartford (667), Saint Francis U (672) and Delaware State (698).
Lehigh's Reagan Jahn was the individual medalist following a four-round playoff with Delaware State's Ana Candela Ferreyra Holt. Jahn and Holt each shot two-round totals of 146 (+2).
Frazier tied for sixth place with a two-round score of 152 (72-80; +8). Frazier shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and was 2-under par after the first nine holes. Frazier finished the first day tied for second place by matching her career low for a round (72). Frazier's total score of 152 was just two shots behind her career-low and Navy 36-hole school-record of 150.
Walker tied for ninth place with a 154 (+10) by shooting two consistent rounds of 5-over par 77. Walker's 154 was the best 36-hole score of her career.
Senior Legare Augenstein and freshman Christine McDonnell tied for 20th place with scores of 161 (+17). Augenstein shot an 85 in the first round and a 4-over par 76 in the second round, while McDonnell opened her collegiate career with a 7-over par 79 and followed with an 82 on Monday.
Senior Jane Moon tied for 24th place with a 163 (82-81; +19).
Navy's 310 in the first round was tied for the second-best single round in program history and put the Mids in second place, just six strokes behind Towson, after the opening day. The 310 (+22) consisted of Frazier's 72, Walker's 77, McDonnell's 79 and Moon's 82.
Navy's total team score of 624 was its third-best 36-hole tournament score in program history.
This was the fourth straight year that Navy competed at the Tignanelli Towson Invite and the Mids turned in their best team finish. Navy's previous best finish was a sixth-place showing last fall.
The Mids will next host the Navy Invitational this Saturday and Sunday at the Naval Academy Golf Club. The 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Play will begin at 9:00 AM both days.