Hibbert, Buck Lead Bears to Second Place Finish at IWU Classic
Bloomington, Ill., September 19, 2010 – Freshman Andrea Hibbert and sophomore Hannah Buck each recorded top-10 finishes as the No. 17 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team tied for second place at the Illinois Wesleyan University Fall Classic held on Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19, at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Ill.
Hibbert followed up an 80 on day one with a 75 on the second day to finish in seventh place with a 36-hole score of 155 (+11). She was +1 on the par three’s for the tournament, which was seventh best out of 127 golfers.
Buck fired a 77 on day two after an 80 on the opening day to finish ninth with a two-day score of 157 (+13). This marks seven straight rounds under 80 for Buck this season. She was also one of the statistical leaders on the par five’s, finishing -1 for the tournament, which was eighth best.
"We played well on Friday but the greens were playing very tough," said third-year head coach Sean Curtis. "We went out today and plugged away and finished strong. I am proud how they finished there round."
NAIA No. 16 ranked William Woods University shot a two-day total of 610 (306-304) to win the tournament by 28 strokes. Washington University and Division II Truman State University (317-321, 638) tied for second place, while North Central College (325-320, 645) and No. 10 ranked and host Illinois Wesleyan University (331-323, 654) rounded out the top five. William Woods’ Jamie Palermo (74-73, 147) and Truman State’s Jennifer Lawson (73-74, 147) tied for the individual championship.
Sophomore Melanie Walsh recorded the third top-20 finish of the fall season after tying for 16th place with a two-day score of 161 (81-80, +17). Walsh has recorded four-straight rounds at 81 or lower, and has an 80.2 average in the fall.
Freshman Marcy Koonce and junior Katie Homa rounded out the lineup for Washington University. Koonce followed up an 84 on Saturday with an 81 on day two to finish the two-day tournament in a tie for 21st place with a 165 (+21). Homa also improved on day two, shooting a 36-hole score of 172 (87-75, +28) to finish in a tie for 57th place.
Freshman Allyson Chee (84-84, 168, T-40th place) and senior Kate Pettinato (93-86, 179, T-81st place) also competed as individuals for Washington University.
Bear Notebook: Buck has a 75.9 average to lead the team through four tournaments, while Hibbert is second with a 79.6 average … The Bears have placed second in three-straight tournaments (Illinois College, Wartburg, Illinois Wesleyan) … Washington U. finished first out of 17 Division III teams in the 20-team field.