Women's Golf Shoots 301 on Day Two to Win Millikin Fall Classic
Decatur, Ill., September 23, 2012 — The No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team shot a blistering 301 on day two to capture the 2012 Millikin University Fall Classic held on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23, at the Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.
Sophomore Olivia Lugar (74), senior Hannah Buck (75), freshman Connie Zhou (75) and junior Andrea Hibbert (77) all broke 80 on the second day of competition. Senior Melanie Walsh rounded out the starting lineup with an 84.
Lugar captured medalist honors for the second-straight year at the Millikin Fall Classic after defeating Gabbi Schuerman of host Millikin University in a one-hole playoff. Lugar finished the two-day event with a 149 (75-74) en route to her second title this season and sixth of her career.
“Connie and I were much more consistent between the front and the back. I hit a lot more greens today, which helped. Andi was able to break through a bit despite a few putting errors, and Hannah played exceptionally well.” said Lugar. “Conditions were tough yesterday, but today we settled down and played our games like we knew we could.”
Washington University cruised to its second team title of the fall by 30 strokes after completing the event with a two-day score of 617 (316-301). No. 10 Illinois Wesleyan was second with a 647 (324-323), while Illinois Wesleyan JV (339-331, 670), NCAA Division II Truman State University (348-325, 673) and Carthage College (343-330, 673) rounded out the top five.
Zhou continued her consistent play in her rookie campaign by finishing a stroke behind Lugar and Schuerman to finish third with a 150 (75-75). Through her first six rounds in the fall, Zhou has a 78.3 average. Hibbert also had a top-five finish with a two-day total of 157 (80-77) to finish in a tie for fourth place.
Buck found her groove on day two after an opening round 87 to finish tied for 10th with a 36-hole score of 162 (87-75). The top-10 finish for Buck was the 28th of her career. Walsh also had a nice tournament in her first start of the year, finishing 23rd with a 170 (86-84).
Freshman Erin Lawrence (89-82, 171, T-24th place), junior Allyson Chee (86-88, 174, T-32nd place), and sophomore MacKenzie Findlay (89-94, 183, T-49th place) also competed as individuals for Washington U.
Washington University has a week off before returning to action on Sunday-Monday, Oct. 7-8, at the Birmingham Southern College Shootout at Highland Park Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala.
Bear Notebook: The 301 is the fifth lowest round in school history … Washington U. picks up its 11th tournament championship in five years as a varsity program … The Bears had four student-athletes shoot under 80 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011, at the Millikin Fall Classic … Washington U. won the tournament for the second-straight year.