Women’s Golf Sweeps Team and Individual Honors at Millikin Fall Invite
Decatur, Ill., September 25, 2011 — The No. 7 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team captured the 2011 Millikin Fall Classic with a team score of 589 (291-298), held on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at the Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.
“This was an unbelievable weekend for Washington University women’s golf,” said fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “Everyone got out there and competed really well. It was a lot of fun to be apart off and it’s the most excited I have ever seen our team. I truly believe they think they can consistently play like this.”
Washington University posted a 56-stroke victory over second place and No. 21 ranked North Central College (645, 323-322). Division II Truman State University (659, 338-321), Rend Lake Community College (659, 341-333) and host Millikin (679, 345-334) rounded out the top five in the 12-team field. Washington U. also claimed the top-five spots in the individual standings.
Freshman Olivia Lugar continued the impressive start to her freshman season, capturing her third individual title of the year with a two-day score of 145 (72-73). Lugar has fired eight-straight rounds under 80, and leads the team with a 74.13 average.
“Olivia is a solid player with everything she does on the course, Curtis added. “She has great touch around the green. Its incredible how close she can get the ball to the cup, no matter if she hits the green or not.”
Sophomore Andrea Hibbert followed up a career-best round on Saturday with a 75 on Sunday to finish second with a two-day total of 147 (72-75). After firing a 90 on Sept. 11 at the O’Brien National Invitational, Hibbert has fired five-straight rounds under 80 and lowered her average to 79.75.
Sophomore Allyson Chee finished two strokes behind Hibbert in third place after completing the 36-hole course with a 149 (73-76). Chee has recorded three of the last four rounds under 80, and has an 80.25 average entering the final week of the fall season.
Junior Hannah Buck completed the two-day event with a 151 (74-77), good for fourth place. Despite not counting in the top-four on day two, Buck has continued her consistent play with five-straight rounds under 80. Freshman Taylor Fagan completed the sweep for Washington U., tying for fifth place with a 155 (81-74). The 74 on day two for Fagan was a career best.
“The best part of our team’s success is the attitude of our team,” Curtis said. “I think they have surprised themselves a little bit. I thought we were capable of consistently being in contention, it was just putting it all together.”
Freshman Elena Chintala (16th place, 83-83, 166), senior Sarah Miller (19th place, 84-85, 169) and junior Katie Homa (24h place, 83-87, 170) competed as individuals for Washington University.
Washington U. completes its fall season on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at The Pat Clouse Invitational in Springfield, Ohio.
Bear Notebook: Buck and Fagan led the tournament field with a 2.88 (-1) average on par 3 scoring … Lugar played even par on the par 4’s to lead the field … Fagan also played the Par 5’s at -1, a tournament low.