Sept. 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Renata Bucher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) shot an opening round 78 to pace the Navy women's golf team at its own Chesapeake Bay Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club on Sunday and Monday. The Chesapeake Bay Invitational was Navy's first home fall tournament in program history.
Navy shot a 36-hole total of 716 (352-364) to place seventh of seven teams at the par-72, 6,005-yard course. Butler won the team title with a 53-over par 629 to finish ahead of second-place Towson (636) by seven strokes. Wagner (659) was third, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson (662), Delaware State (671), St. Francis Brooklyn (700) and Navy.
"It was a good tournament and all of the teams were pleased with the course," head coach Nadia Ste-Marie said. "We're a young team and we need to continue to gain experience. We know we have a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be, but we're still plugging away."
Bucher's 6-over par 78 on Sunday is Navy's best individual round of the season. Bucher was in fifth place after day one and finished in a tie for 12th after shooting an 88 on Monday for an overall score of 166.
Freshman Katie Ryall (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was Navy's second finisher for the second straight tournament and tied for 22nd place. Ryall shot an 88 on Sunday and an 84 on Monday for a total score of 172. The 84 is her lowest round of the season.
"Renata and Katie are playing well," said Ste-Marie. "They are both on the cusp of putting two solid rounds back-to-back and that's exciting."
Navy senior captain Grace Dalton (Malvern, Pa.) placed 32nd and freshman Marci Browning (Canal Winchester, Ohio) placed 36th.
Towson's Larissa Spiess shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and a 4-over par 76 on Monday to take medalist honors with a two-round score of 148.
Navy will next compete at the Rutgers Invitational from October 14-15.