Women's Golf Claims Runner-Up Finish at the Navy Fall Invitational
Sept. 17, 2017
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Freshman Christine McDonnell's school-record 219 (75-68-76; +3) helped the Navy women's golf team place second at the Navy Fall Invitational with a 54-hole score of 915 (307-300-308; +51) at the Naval Academy Golf Club this Saturday and Sunday.
Richmond won the team title in the 12-team tournament at the par-72, 6,085-yard Naval Academy Golf Club with a course-record score of 886 (303-289-294; +22). Richmond's second-round score of 289 also set a course record for a single round.
Following Richmond (886) and Navy (915) in the top five of the tournament were Lehigh (925; +61), Boston University (936; +72) and Fairleigh Dickinson (942; +78). Richmond, Navy, Lehigh and Boston University all compete in the Patriot League in women's golf.
"We still have a lot of work ahead of us," said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. "But I'm happy with our second-place team finish and ecstatic with Christine's second-place individual finish. She played really well this weekend. She has incredible talent and she is comfortable out there. It was exciting to watch."
Richmond's Sophie DiPetrillo was the individual medalist in the 71-player field with a course-record score of 217 (77-69-71; +1). The previous course record was a 219.
Navy's McDonnell entered the third and final round on Sunday in first place individually, but was passed by DiPetrillo's 1-under par 71. McDonnell finished two strokes behind DiPetrillo in second place. McDonnell's overall score of 219 (75-68-76; +3) set a school record for a 54-hole tournament in her first home collegiate tournament and in only her second collegiate event. McDonnell's second round score of 4-under 68 established a new school and course record. McDonnell was as low as 6-under par in the round before finishing at 4-under.
"This course is very tough, so going out and being able to play well was super exciting," said McDonnell. "This has shown me that what I have been working for is paying off. We are going to keep working towards playing consistently and getting good scores so we can have chances to win tournaments."
Sophomore Morgan Frazier placed eighth with a three-round score of 227 (76-76-75; +11). Frazier's 227 was her best 54-hole score in her career and the second-best in school history behind McDonnell's 219 this weekend. Frazier turned in her second-straight top-10 finish of the season. Frazier tied for sixth place at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational last weekend.
Senior Christine Walker tied for 11th place at the Navy Fall Invitational with a 230 (80-73-77; +14). The 230 was her career-low for a 54-hole tournament and her second-round score of 1-over par 73 was her career-low for a single round.
Navy has three players competing as individuals in the tournament. Sophomore Micah Vincent tied for 42nd with a 244 (80-86-78; +28), freshman Emily Root placed 53rd with a 252 (86-83-83; +36) and sophomore Abby Schroeder tied for 54th place with a 254 (78-88-88; +38).
Navy's overall score of 915 was its best 54-hole tournament score in program history. It's single-round scores of 300, 307 and 308 ranked as the second, third and fourth-best single-round scores in program history.
Through two tournaments, Navy's team average is a 307.8, which is down from a 322.2 last year.
Navy will have three weeks off before competing at the Sacred Heart Invitational from Oct. 15-16 at the Great River Golf Course in Milford, Conn. Navy placed second out of five teams at the Sacred Heart Invitational last fall.