Olivia Lugar, Hannah Buck and Taylor Fagan Record Top-Five Finish
Springfield, Ohio, October 9, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season by winning the Pat Clouse Invitational held Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio.
No. 3 ranked Washington University shot a two-day total of 610 (304-306) to win the team championship by 23 strokes over No. 2 DePauw University (316-317, 633). No. 25 and host Wittenberg University (309-333, 642), No. 9 Allegheny College (325-321, 646) and NAIA No. 22 Walsh University (324-325, 649) round out the top-five.
“What a great way to finish the fall season. We have accomplished some things that I thought a couple of years ago would take us a while,” said fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “Our whole team has shown tremendous dedication and a great attitude all fall. Now we get to wait until the spring to start it over again. But, I know this group will be ready.”
Freshman Olivia Lugar captured the individual championship with a two-day score of 147 (73-74). Lugar, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in Division III with a 74.13 average, won her fourth tournament title in her rookie season. She trailed by one stroke after the opening round, but a 78 on day two by DePauw’s Kelly Gaughan gave Lugar the championship title by three strokes.
Junior Hannah Buck (73-78) and freshman Taylor Fagan (756-76) each fired a two-day total of 151 to tie for third place. The 36-hole score for Fagan was a career-best. Sophomores Allyson Chee (83-79, 162, 16th place) and Andrea Hibbert (86-78, 164, 23rd place) each improved on day one as all five starters for Washington U. fired sub par rounds on day two.
“We talk all the time about being happy with your accomplishments (individual or team), but never feel satisfied....that is when we lose our edge,” Curtis added. “I really feel like the entire team has bought into that and feels very confident moving forward.”
Freshman Elena Chintala (85-87, 172, 38th place) and senior Sarah Miller (87-87, 174, 46th place) competed as individuals for Washington U. As a team, Washington U. the tournament in par 3 scoring (3.42), par 4 scoring (4.38), par 5 scoring (5.25), birdies (10) and pars (113).
Washington University opens its 2012 spring season on Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, at the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational in Perry Park, Ky.
Bear Notebook: The team championship for Washington U. was its fourth of the season … Lugar (4.11), Fagan (4.17) and Buck (4.22) were ranked 1-2-3 in Par 4 scoring … Buck led the tournament in birdies (four) and Lugar was first in pars (29).
PHOTOS BY KEN CHEE.