Day Two Rally Vaults Women’s Golf to Doug Georgianni Invite Championship
Eau Claire, Wis., September 2, 2012 — The No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team had three players break 80 on day two as the Bears vaulted from fifth place to first to capture the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invite on Sunday at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire, Wis.
After firing a 331 (+43) on day one, Washington U. rebounded with a 315 (+23) on day two as the Bears outlasted day one leader and No. 8 ranked Gustavus Adolphus College by two strokes (324-324, 648). No. 11 St. Olaf College (658), No. 6 and host Wisconsin-Eau Claire (662) and No. 18 Carleton College (670) rounded out the top five.
Sophomore Olivia Lugar was the individual champion after winning a scorecard playoff with Kate Engler of UW-Eau Claire. Lugar fired a 77 on day one and followed with a 78 on day two to finish with a 10-over 155. She claimed medalist honors after bettering Engler’s day two score of 79 by one stroke. Day one leader Grace Todora of the College of St. Benedict fired an 84 on day two and finished two strokes back in a tie for fourth place.
Junior Andrea Hibbert was the story on day two for the Bears. Hibbert, who shot an 89 on Saturday and entered the day in a tie for 58th place, fired a 41 on the back and a 34 on the back on Sunday. Hibbert’s 75 was the low score of the tournament on day two. She finished the tournament in a tie for 10th place with a 164.
“I had three 3-putts on the front nine and shot a 41. I knew I had to turn it around and ended up going three-under on the back. You've got to just keep going and grind through after we struggled yesterday,” Hibbert said. “It's awesome to see everyone improve on their score from yesterday; for the first tournament we overall did pretty well. We've got some great team chemistry early on this year so that'll be good momentum for the rest of the fall!”
Freshman Connie Zhou was the third Washington U. golfer to finish in the top-10 after a two-day score of 160 (81-79). Zhou finished in sole possession of eighth place in her first collegiate tournament. Senior Hannah Buck (84-83, 167, 20th place) and junior Allyson Chee (93-92, 185, 69th place) rounded out the starting lineup for Washington U. Sophomore Erin Lawrence competed as an individual and tied for 54th place with a 180 (86-94).
Washington U. has next week off before returning to action on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 16-17, at The O’Brien National Tournament held at The Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
Bear Notebook: The individual championship for Lugar was the fifth of her career … The team title was the 13th in the five-year history of the program.