March 28, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's golf team will continue its spring season by competing at Georgetown's Hoya Invitational from Monday-Tuesday, March 31-April 1. The 16-team field will play at The Members Club at Four Streams, a par-72, 6,127-yard course in Beallsville, Md.
The Hoya Invitational will feature 54 holes with 36 being played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Navy will compete against host Georgetown, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra, Illinois State, Lehigh, Marshall, Michigan, Nova Southeastern, Penn, Sacred Heart, Seton Hall, St. John's, Wagner, Yale and Youngstown State. This is Navy's first year in the Hoya Invitational field.
The young Navy program has been consistently improving and is coming off its best showing since becoming a varsity team. Navy most recently placed 12th at the weather-shortened Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg on March 16. Navy shot a two-round score of 694 with a 354 in the opening round and a 340 in the second round. The 694 was the lowest two-round team score in program history and the 340 was the lowest single round.
Navy has been led by sophomore Renata Bucher's team-best 82.2 average. Bucher placed second overall at the Bulldog Florida Invitational earlier this month and tied for eighth at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate. She is averaging a 79.0 over her last five rounds.
Head coach Nadia Ste-Marie has also had the rest of the squad showing their potential at the last two meets. Freshman Katie Ryall shot a season-low 79 in the second round of the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate and senior captain Grace Dalton shot a career-low 81 in the second round of the Bulldog Florida Invitational.
Additionally, sophomore Melia Lagat
(88) and freshman Marci Browning
(89) broke 90 for the first time in their collegiate careers at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate.
Following the Hoya Invitational, the Mids will host the inaugural Navy Spring Classic at the Naval Academy Golf Club from April 13-14.