Lugar Claims Medalist Honors After Firing School Record 71 on Day Two
Notre Dame, Ind., September 12, 2011 — Freshman Olivia Lugar fired a school record 71 to claim medalist honors as the No. 7 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team rallied on day two to finish third at the O’Brien National Invitational held at The Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
Lugar rallied from a two-stroke deficit as she won her second-consecutive tournament of her freshman seaosn. The 71 on day two by Lugar also set the WUSTL all-time low, breaking the record of 72 set by Hannah Buck on Sept. 12, 2010, at the Wartburg Fall Invite. Lugar’s 71 also broke the tournament record and led the two-day tourney with 26 pars.
Lugar’s record-breaking performance was part of the Bears’ score of 305 on day two, as Washington University improved 29 strokes from day one to finish with a two-day total of 639 (334-305). The 305 was also a school record, bettering the mark of 306 set during the 2009-10 season at the Wartburg Fall Invite. The Bears led the tournament in Par-5 scoring average 5.35 (+14).
No. 1 ranked Methodist University won the team title for the third-consecutive year with a two-day total of 630 (315-215). The Monarchs have also won 14-straight NCAA Division III National Championships.
No. 2 DePauw University was second with 631 (317-314), followed by Washington University, No. 8 Centre College (641, 315-326) and No. 6 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (642, 323-319). Eight of the top 10 teams ranked in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III Preseason Top-25 Poll competed in the 10-team tournament.
Washington University had all four golfers that scored shoot 80 or lower. Junior Hannah Buck, a two-time NGCA All-American, fired a 76 on day two of the tournament to finish in a tie for 11th place with a two-day total of 160 (84-76). Buck was fourth in the tournament with four birdies.
Sophomore Andrea Hibbert rebounded from a 90 on Sunday for a 79 on day two to finish tied for 35th place with a 169. Freshman Taylor Fagan followed Hibbert’s lead with a 79 of her own to finish a stroke back in 37th place with a 170 (91-79). Sophomore Allyson Chee made the start for Washington U. and finished tied for 39th place with a 171 (82-89).
Also competing for the Bears as an individual was freshman Elena Chintala (85-98, 183, 57th place) and senior Sarah Miller (95-94, 189, 61st place).
Washington University continues its fall season on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at the Illinois Wesleyan University Fall Classic in Normal, Ill.