McDonnell Wins Individual Title at Sacred Heart Invitational
MILFORD, Conn. - Navy freshman Christine McDonnell was the individual medalist at the Sacred Heart Invitational this Sunday-Monday in challenging weather conditions at the Great River Golf Club. McDonnell topped the 39-player field with a two-round score of 151 (75-76; +7). As a team, Navy placed second out of seven teams with a 656 (322-334; +80).
Sacred Heart won its own tournament with a two-round team score of 641 (+65). Navy was 15 strokes back, while Monmouth took third with a 668 (+92).
McDonnell fired a 3-over par 75 in the first round on Sunday to trail only Hofstra’s Larissa Stergiou (72) on the individual leaderboard. However, Stergiou shot an 8-over par 80 in the final round on Monday to finish with a 152, while McDonnell answered with a 4-over par 76 to take the individual title by just one stroke with a 151.
“Christine had another terrific tournament,” said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. “She managed her game well in these two very challenging days. We had rain and high winds on the first day cold and extremely windy again today. Great River is a penalizing course and it gave our team trouble on several of the harder holes. Christine played well through it all and I'm so pleased for her to take the individual win.”
McDonnell became the third Midshipman to medal at a tournament in the program’s seven-year history. Morgan Frazier was the individual medalist at the Seahawk Spring Invitational in April 2017 and Renata Bucher was the individual medalist at the Navy Spring Invitational in April 2014.
McDonnell has had impressive showings in back-to-back tournaments. She was the individual runner-up at Navy’s most recent tournament, the Navy Fall Invitational, when she shot a 54-hole school record total of 219 (+3).
McDonnell leads Navy in scoring this fall with a 75.86 average.
Senior Legare Augenstein, playing as an individual, tied for fifth place with a 163 (80-83; +19). Augenstein recorded her first career top-five finish at the Sacred Heart Invitational.
Frazier posted her third top-10 finish in as many events this fall by placing eighth with a 165 (79-86; +21). Frazier is second on the team in scoring average this fall with a 77.7.
Freshman Elizabeth Park, playing in her first collegiate tournament, tied for 12th place with a 169 (83-86; +25). Park missed Navy’s first two tournaments this fall due to an injury.
As a team, Navy has placed third, second and second in its three tournaments this fall.
Navy will close the fall season by playing at the Delaware Invitational at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club this Saturday-Sunday.