Women's Golf Holds on to Win UIS Spring Shootout Title
Springfield, Ill., April 22, 2012 — The No. 2 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team held off a late charge from the University of Missouri-St. Louis to hold on to win the University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Shootout, held Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.
Washington U., who had a 10-shot lead after an opening round of 315, carded a 319 on the final 18 holes to claim the team championship with a score of 634. NCAA Division II Missouri-St. Louis was second in the 11-team field with a 36-hole score of 638 (330-308). The 308 on day two for the Tritons were a tournament best.
University of Southern Indiana (325-324, 649), Illinois-Springfield (339-324, 663) and North Central College (338-331, 669) rounded out the top five. Maryville University’s Kayla Ecklekamp earned medalist honors, finishing five strokes over par with a 149 (75-74).
Sophomore Andrea Hibbert and freshman Olivia Lugar each recorded a top-five finish to lead Washington U. Hibbert bettered her score of 78 on day one with a 75 on the second 18 holes to finish in second place with a 153. Lugar equaled Hibbert’s 75 on day two to finish in third place. Lugar fired a 36-hole score of 154 (79-75) and was a shot behind Hibbert.
Junior Hannah Buck tied for ninth place with a two-day total of 160 (79-81) to record her eighth top-10 finish of the year. Sophomore Allyson Chee also had a top-20 performance finishing with a two-day score of 167 (79-88). Senior Katie Homa rounded out the starting lineup for Washington with a 41st place finish with a score of 183 (94-89). The field of 11 teams was made up of eight NCAA Division II schools, two Division III institutions and an NAIA school.
Washington University, ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III head-to-head rankings, will await word if they are selected to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship, held Tuesday-Friday, May 8-11, at the Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind. The 19 teams and six individuals (106 participants total) will be announced on Monday, April 30, on www.ncaa.com.
Bear Notebook: The tournament championship is the sixth for the Bears in 2011-12, a single-season high for Washington U.