RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Alabama senior golfer Stephanie Meadow fired her second straight 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to earn co-medalist honors at the 2014 Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Wyndham Rio Resort and Mar Country Club.
It was the ninth career medalist honor for the senior Meadow, who now has three times more wins than any player in school history. She played the final two rounds in 8-under par and the final 51 holes of the 54-hole event in 9-under.
“The most encouraging thing I saw from Stephanie (Meadow) this weekend was after she made doubled bogey one two of her first three holes, she still came back and shot five under for the tournament – that is pretty impressive,” head coach Mic Potter said. “She understands that she has to stay committed no matter what. She stays with the process all the way through and good things happen when you do that.”
Alabama finished tied for sixth as a team at 29-over-par 893 after a 7-over 295 in the final round, which matched the lowest round of the day. Arkansas earned the team title at 3-over 867 with GRU Augusta (+17, 881) in second, followed by Northwestern (+22, 886), Auburn (+27, 891) and Georgia (+28, 892).
“I thought Cammie Gray was definitely a bright spot the first two days,” Potter said. “Going in as the fifth player you would love to get 72-74 out of her, so she is improving. We just have to be more consistent and get more counting scores to go along with Stephanie and Cammie.”
Gray, a redshirt freshman from Northport, Ala., finished as the Tide’s No. 2 scorer in the 54-hole event, tying for 30th at 10-over 226. Her final round 80 did not count toward the team score Tuesday, but her 2-over total of 146 was a big boost for Alabama in the opening two rounds.
Janie Jackson rebounded in the final round with a 3-over 75 and finished tied for 63rd. Daniela Lendl and Emma Talley both carded 76s on Tuesday, leaving Lendl tied for 46th at 14-over 230 and Talley tied for 50th at 15-over 231.
The Crimson Tide return to the course next weekend for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Country Club in New Orleans on Feb. 23-25.
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Wildcats Take Second at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
MOBILE, Ala. – Another tournament and another top five finish for the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, as the Wildcats wrapped up their first spring tournament in second place at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon. Kentucky finished the 54-hole tournament at even-par, 864.
The Wildcats turned in a final round team score of one-under par, 287, highlighted by senior Stephen Powers’ three-under par, 69. Powers posted back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish the tournament tied for third place. His final score of three-under par, 213, marks a season best and the third place finish is also a season best. It is his second top 10 finish of the season. The Naperville, Ill., recorded the lone eagle of the tournament by a UK player on the 13th hole.
“This is a solid way to start the spring season even though we would have liked to have earned the win,” said UK head coach Brian Craig. “We are definitely making progress and it looks like our new indoor facility is paying dividends. I give credit to Coach (Jessie) Mudd who I asked to come up with some creative ways to train in our new building. The guys have responded well to the weekly training regimen and it certainly worked. In particular, our short game was better than I can remember at this time in year’s past.”
Auburn won the team title with a six-under par, 858, while Memphis (+1), Georgia State (+2) and Middle Tennessee State (+6) complete the top five. Wake Forest’s Clancy Waugh won the individual title with a six-under, 210.
Rounding out the rest of the team standings were Ole Miss (+11), Chattanooga (+14), Wake Forest (+16), South Alabama (+20), Illinois State (+22), Davidson (+23), Texas State (+28), Akron (+37), Southern Mississippi (+40) and Samford (+45).
“I’m proud of all the guys, but especially Stephen Powers and David Snyder,” Craig said. “Stephen led the way with an excellent final 36 holes and David gave us a lot considering he did not have his good game this week.”
Entering the final day of competition, Snyder was tied for third, but managed to turn in his highest score of the tournament in the final round. The Somerset, Ky., native recorded a four-over par, 76, to give him a final score of two-over par, 218. Snyder still tied for 14th; giving him his fourth top 15 finish of the season.
Two Wildcats, senior Ben Stow and junior Will Bishop wrapped up the competition tied for 26th with a five-over par, 221. Stow saved his best round for the final day with a two-under par, 70 to climb up the leaderboard and just missing a top 20 placing. Bishop turned in a scorecard of three-over par, 75.
Senior Cody Martin registered a one-over par, 73, in the final round to place him in a tie for 39th and seven-over par, 223 for the tournament. Martin finished with a team-high 10 birdies for the entire competition, including nine of the 10 in the final two rounds.
The 54-hole USA Individual Tournament also wrapped up on Tuesday at the Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course. Sophomore Harrison Greenberry tied for 25th in the event at 21-over par. Freshman Stephen Stallings finished 28th at 25-over par and freshman Hager Collins placed 33rd with a 43-over par.
UK will next travel to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate held March 2-4 at the Querencia Golf Club. For more information on the University of Kentucky men’s golf team please visit UKathletics.com and follow on twitter @UKmensgolf.
Georgia Golfers Finish Fifth In Puerto Rico
RIO GRANDE, P.R. - The Georgia women's golf team finished fifth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, which concluded Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs defeated four top-25 teams in the 15-team field competing at the Rio Mar Country Club.
Georgia wrapped up the 54-hole event with a 12-over 300 to finish at 892.
"It was a good start to the spring," head coach Josh Brewer said. "For us to be in the final pairing was good. It's good for us to know what that feels like. We didn't have a realistic chance of winning today, but playing in the final pairing is something we'll hopefully experience several more times this spring."
Rocio Sanchez Lobato posted her second consecutive even-par 72 to lead Georgia, which also counted a 74 from Harang Lee, a 75 from Manuela Carbajo Ré and a 79 from Amira Alexander.
Overall, Lee finished tied for 13th at 3-over 219, Carbajo Ré tied for 34th at 227, Sanchez Lobato tied for 41st at 228 and Alexander and Sammi Lee tied for 50th at 231.
Harang Lee notched three counting rounds during the tournament, while all other four Georgia golfers chipped in two counters apiece.
"It's nice to go out there knowing we have five people who can contribute and put up a really good number for us every time out," Brewer said. "I was glad Harang had a good finish. That should give her some confidence. Really, this tournament should give everyone a shot of confidence. We didn't play our best in the fall and we all know we're capable of playing much better. This was a good start in getting there."
No. 8 Arkansas completed its wire-to-wire win in the team field. The Razorbacks finished at 867, 14 strokes better than runner-up Georgia Regents University Augusta. Rounding out the top-10 teams were No. 19 Northwestern at 886, Auburn at 891, Georgia at 892, No. 7 Alabama, No. 15 N.C. State and Purdue all at 893, No. 22 Iowa State at 895 and Tennessee at 899.
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow and Purdue's Aurora Kim finished the 54-hole event tied atop the individual leaderoard at 5-under 211.
The Bulldogs will return to action this weekend when they travel to New Orleans to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship at English Turn Golf & Country Club. The tournament will be contested on Sunday-Tuesday.
LSU Golfers Climb into Fourth Place in Round 2 at the Prestige at PGA West
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Junior Ben Taylor fired a season-low 3-under par 68 and juniors Curtis Thompson and Stewart Jolly and sophomore Zach Wright each posted even-par rounds of 71 to lead the Tigers into fourth place in the 12-team field following Tuesday’s second round at The Prestige at PGA West being held at the Greg Norman Course.
The Tigers broke par with a team score of 3-under par 281 as they moved up one spot in the team standings into fourth place with a 36-hole score of 1-under par 567 for the championship.
The 11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal posted a 4-under 280 to extend their lead to a commanding 14 shots with a team total of 19-under par 549 through two rounds. They are followed by a pair of Pac-12 Conference rivals as Washington trails in second place at 5-under 563 and Oregon follows in third place at 2-under 566 following Tuesday’s second round.
After opening the day in a tie for 37th place, Taylor cracked the Top 20 of the leaderboard in a tie for 19th place at even-par 142 as he leveled his 3-over 74 in Monday’s opening round with a season-low 3-under 68 in the second round. Taylor broke par for the first time this season with his previous best round being an even-par 72 in the final round of the David Toms Intercollegiate back on Oct. 6.
Taylor quickly dropped to 2-under par on his round with birdies at the par-four third and par-four fifth holes to highlight a bogey-free front nine. He then picked up another shot with a birdie at the par-four 10th hole as he dropped to 3-under for the day, before trading bogeys at the par-four 11th and par-three 13th holes with birdies at the par-five 12th and par-four 14th holes en route to a team-leading 3-under par 68.
A native of Leatherhead, England, is now positioned for his best finish of the season after tying for 45th place in his only appearance at the David Toms Intercollegiate during the 2013 fall season.
Thompson is on the brink of the first Top 10 finish of his junior season as he followed a 3-under 68 in the opening round with an even-par 71 in the second round to finish the day in a three-way tie for sixth place overall at 3-under par 139 for the championship. Thompson is six shots off the pace set by Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers, who has carded rounds of 6-under 65 and 3-under 68 for a leading 9-under 133 for the week.
Jolly joins Thompson and Taylor in the Top 20 of the leaderboard as he will head to Wednesday’s final round in a tie for 14th place at 1-under par 141 for the tournament. Jolly, who is the NCAA’s No. 39-ranked player in the latest Golfstat rankings, is the team leader this season with two top-five and two top-10 finishes in his four previous tournament appearances.
Wright follows in a tie for 37th place at 3-over par 145, while freshman Eric Ricard posted a 2-over 73 on Tuesday to finish the day in a tie for 60th place overall at 10-over par 152 in two days of action.
Rodgers will take a four-shot lead in the race for the individual title into Wednesday’s final round as the Stanford standout leads Cardinal teammate Maverick McNealy and San Diego State’s Ricky DeSantis on the board following the second round. Arizona State’s Max Rottluff and Stanford’s Cameron Wilson round out the top five of the leaderboard in a tie for fourth place at 4-under 138 in 36 holes.
The Tigers are paired with UCLA and San Diego State in the final round and will tee off in the first wave of teams off the front nine at the Greg Norman Course beginning at 9:33 a.m. CST. Fans can track the Tigers during the final round on Wednesday as Golfstat will provide live scoring of the finale at www.golfstat.com.
Commodores, Simin Feng win Central District Invitational
The 14th-ranked Vanderbilt women's golf team set a new program 54-hole scoring record with a final score of 844 (276-287-281), claimed its first team title since 2007, and Vanderbilt freshman Simin Feng won medalist honors at the Central District Invitational Tuesday at the Lake Ranch-Cypress Course in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Vanderbilt knocked off UCF by one stroke and third-place Michigan State by five strokes, both ranked in the top 20, while Feng was officially awarded medalist honors over Allyssa Ferrell of Michigan State due to a scorecard playoff. The tiebreaker started at hole 18, and Feng birdied, while Ferrell shot par. The Commodore freshman from Windermere, Fla., ended the tournament with a nine-under par, 207 (67-69-71).
Feng's 207 was the lowest 54-hole score in the 14-year history of the Central District Invitational, with the previous being 209. The team score of 844 was a CDI record by 13 strokes (previous: 857 by Florida in 2010). This is the first year the tournament has been held at the Lake Ranch-Cypress Course, with the previous 13 tournaments at River Wilderness Country Club in Parrish, Fla.
"Simin made a clutch nine footer on the last hole to tie," said Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen. "She won in a scorecard playoff, but she was ready to go out there and playoff."
The Commodores, who trailed UCF by two strokes heading into the final round on Tuesday morning, posted an 844 (276-287-281) for the week, and a 281 on Tuesday, the low third round of the tournament. Vanderbilt counted a five-under par, 67, from freshman Antonia Scherer, a two-under par, 70, from junior Kendall Martindale, a one-under par, 71, from Feng, and a one-over par, 73, from sophomore Jennifer Hahn and junior Irina Gabasa. In the final four holes in Tuesday's round, the Commodores combined for a total of eight birdies and no bogeys. Included in those birdies was a 30-footer by Martindale on 18 and a 33-footer by Scherer on the 17th.
Martindale's final-round 70 moved her into a tie for sixth in the individual standings with a final tally of 212 (69-73-70), while Scherer's 67 on Tuesday came on five birdies and no bogeys and moved her three-round total to one-under par, 215 (72-76-67), which vaulted the freshman from Aystetten, Germany, 16 spots up the individual leader board to 17th place.
"I'm so proud of the way they hung in there coming down the stretch, and I'm not sure I've ever had this much fun coaching a team," said Allen. "They really stuck to the process. This win is for every 'Dore that has carried a Vandy bag for me."
The win at the Central District is Vanderbilt's first team victory since the Vanderbilt Triangular in 2007, and Feng is the Commodores' first medalist since Marina Alex won the 2010 SEC Individual Championship.
Sophomore Jennifer Hahn also carded a top 20 finish after ending the tournament with a 216 (68-75-73). Junior Irina Gabasa finished a stroke back of Hahn with a 217 (74-70-73, T-22), while individual Morgan Ransom fired a three-round score of 222 (79-71-72, T-35).
Vanderbilt returns to the course at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate March 7-9 in Hilton Head, S.C.
Auburn Women's Golf Takes 4th at Lady Puerto Rico Classic
RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO – The No. 29 Auburn women’s golf team saved its best round for the final day of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic as the Tigers shot 7-over 295 on Tuesday to finish fourth overall with a team score of 27-over 891.
Hosted by Purdue, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic was a 54-hole tournament at the River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. The par 72 course played at 5,826 yards.
Senior Marta Sanz fired a 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s final round for Auburn’s top individual score of the day. Sanz tied for 11th with a 3-day total of 2-over 218. Sophomore Alex Harrell was the Tigers’ top-finisher at the tournament, taking seventh carding a 1-over 217. The sophomore shot an even-par 72 on day three.
Senior Diana Fernandez posted a 3-over 75 for the second straight to finish tied for 24th with an 8-over 224. Sophomore Jamie Yun finished tied for 56th overall with a 16-over 232, while freshman Clara Baena was 76th overall at 27-over 243.
Arkansas took the title despite shooting’s its worst round of the tournament with a 8-over 296. The Razorbacks’ team score of 3-over 867 was still 14 shots better than Augusta State’s 17-over 881. Northwestern finished third, five shots ahead of Auburn, with a 22-over 886.
Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow tied with Purdue’s Aurora Kan for the individual title, as Meadow carded back-to-back 68s in the final two rounds to finish with a 5-under 211 along with Kan. Arkansas’ Gaby Lopez took third with a three-day total of 2-under 214, while there was a three-way tie for fourth among Arkansas’ Emily Tubert and Emma Lavy, along with NC State’s Brittany Marchard at even-par 216.
Auburn returns to action on Sunday at the AllState Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans hosted by Tulane.
Mizzou Closes out Play at Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico - Mizzou Women's Golf closed out play at the 2014 Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday. The Tigers finished 14th overall in the tournament with a score 56-over par. The Tigers were led by Redshirt sophomore Michelle Butler and freshman Jess Meek. The two tied for 34th overall finishing 11-over par.
"Michelle had a very consistent day on the course," head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer said. "She hit 15 greens and had tremendous looks for birdies that just came up short. Taylor had another solid round after a bogey, bogey start. We certainly had a chance to catch a couple more teams today but the big numbers got us and kept us from climbing up the leaderboard. Alina had a tough finishing hole but she definitely had her game back on track and I'm sure she will continue to build on that confidence for the next event."
Arkansas maintained the lead throughout three rounds to take home the tournament trophy with a score just 3-over par. GRU Augusta took second overall at 17-over par, while Northwestern rounded out the top three at 22-over par.
Butler shot 3-over par in both the second and third rounds of the tournament to move up the leaderboard into a tie for 34th, while Meek recorded her best performance in round two, a career-best 2-under par. She scored 6-over par in the third round for a final score of 227 in the tournament.
Senior Taylor Gohn closed tournament play just one stroke behind Butler and Meek as she tied for 41st overall. She birdied the 12th hole for a 12-over par final tally.
Sophomore Katherine Helper closed out the tournament 23-over par for a 71st place finish, while junior Alina Rogers scored 32-over par through three rounds. She recorded her best score on the third day of play as she shot just 7-over par.
A total of 15 teams competed in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, including No. 7-ranked Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 15 North Carolina State, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 22 Iowa State, and No. 25 Kent State. Mizzou will also compete with other SEC teams including Georgia, Tennessee and No. 29 Auburn. TCU, Texas Tech, GRU Augusta, Michigan and Purdue round out the field of competition
The Tigers head out for the LSU Tiger Classic on March 21. The tournament will take place in Baton Rouge, La. March 21-23.
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Ole Miss' Morris Finishes Strong At Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
MOBILE, Ala. – Junior Blake Morris fired a 1-under par 71 to lead Ole Miss in the third and final round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate Tuesday at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.
Morris carded a three-round total of 214 and tied for eighth overall with Charlie Bull of Akron and Cory Gaylord of Memphis, en route to his third top-10 finish this season.
Sophomore Connor Davis was tied for seventh place after the first two rounds of play, but had to withdraw due to illness.
“I am really proud of our players today,” head coach Ernest Ross said. “We only had four players today after Connor Davis got the stomach flu during his round yesterday and couldn’t go today. I was a little worried we might not have the four players needed for a team score, which would result in a last place finish. The four guys today played really well knowing they had pressure on them. Blake Morris had another good finish. I am proud of his effort and discipline.”
Sophomore Forrest Gamble notched a 26th-place finish, posting a 221 tournament total. Junior Joe Lewis finished eight-over par and tied for 47th place. Freshman Drew Comer, who was competing in his first tournament, posted a three-round total of 228 and tied for 57th.
After starting the day in seventh, the Rebels finished the tournament in sixth place. The team posted a three-round score of 11-over 875. No. 27 Auburn claimed the tournament title.
In the individual tournament, freshman Ben Wolcott tied for 12th place with a 14-over 227. Sophomore Chris Ingham finished in a tie for 22nd place, carding a 20-over 233.
Ole Miss will be back in action Sunday, March 2 at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Follow the Rebels all season long on Twitter at @OleMissMGolf and on Facebook at Facebook.com/OleMissMGolf.
Lady Vols Leave Puerto Rico Finishing Tenth
The Tennessee women's golf team remained consistent throughout its stay at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, but was unable to match last week's championship success. After rounds of 300, 300 and 299, the Lady Vols finished tenth in a field consisting of nine of the top-50 teams in the nation.
"We had some good individual performances this week," head coach Judi Pavon said. "Chessey, Lucia and Mason all played well and got a good start to the spring this week. The other girls all did some good things and we really learned a lot that will help."
"This was a really strong field and we beat a few teams ranked ahead of us which is always good."
Senior Chessey Thomas led the Lady Volunteers as she finished tied for 13th with a total score of 219 (+3). Thomas hovered around even par each day, but was only able to shoot 72 (E) on Tuesday. She recorded six total birdies over three rounds, sinking two each day.
The middle of UT's lineup featured some international flavor, which was an encouraging sight for Pavon. Lucia Polo followed up her career day on Monday with a final round 78 (+6), dropping her into a tie for 20th position. The native of Guatemala finished the tournament with a career best 54-hole total of 222 (+6).
Mason Chen had one of her better performances of the season. The native of Taiwan carded a 54-hole total of 225 (+9). Chen racked up 11 birdies in Puerto Rico, three of which came during her final round 74 (+2).
The Pietila sisters, Hannah and Emmie, had early struggles navigating the Rio Mar River Course. Yet, the pair redeemed themselves with solid final rounds. Hannah Pietila shot a third round 75 (+3) and Emmie Pietila shot a 79 (+7). Hannah finished tied for 59th while Emmie finished tied for 80th.
Daeun Song completed the Lady Vols' travel party by finishing tied for 50th as an individual competitor. Song thrived during the first day by carding a 74 (+2), but she was unable to continue that pace on Monday and Tuesday.
The University of Arkansas ran away with the team championship. The Razorbacks shot a three-day total of 867 (+3), defeating the nearest competitor by 14 strokes. Individually, Purdue's Aurora Kan and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow were crowned co-champions after each notching a 211 (-5).
Tennessee will have a short break before it returns to action, March 7-9, at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.