South Bend, Ind., September 16, 2013 — The No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team could not rebound from a slow start in its opening round as the Bears finished fourth at the O'Brien National Invitational played Sunday-Monday, Sept. 15-16, at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
After firing an opening round 332 Sunday in cool and wet conditions, the Bears responded with a 320 on day two. No. 4 ranked DePauw University led from start to finish and won the team title with a two-day score of 626 (316-310). No. 17 Olivet College (327-320, 647), No. 11 Centre College (323-328, 651), Washington U. (332-320, 652) and host St. Mary's College (333-338, 671) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
Paige Gooch of DePauw University fired a 72 on the second day to claim medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 151 (79-72). George Fox University's Loreece Magsanide held a one-shot lead after the opening round, but faltered on day two with an 82 to finish third.
Freshman Xin Fang was the most consistent player in the tournament for the Bears, firing an 80 in each round to tie for ninth place with a two-day score of 160. Fang played the par 5's at two-over, tied for sixth-best in the field. Sophomore Connie Zhou rebounded from an opening round 84 for a 77 on day two to finish a stroke behind Fang in a tie for 11th place with a 161.
Freshman Samantha Han followed with a 163 (82-81), good for 15th place, while junior Olivia Lugar tied for 21st place with a 168 (86-82). Senior Andrea Hibbert rounded out the starting lineup for Washington U. with a two-day score of 172 (87-85), good for a tie for 27th place.
The O'Brien National Invitational was first played in the fall of 2009 at the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame. The tournament is an elite event that invites the top-10 teams in NCAA Division III women's golf to South Bend for two days of highly competitive golf. All of the visiting teams will be staying on the University campus at the Inn at Saint Mary's. The tournament is made possible through the generosity of Tim, Diane, and Katie O'Brien '08.
Washington U. returns to action at the Millikin Fall Classic Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 21, in Decatur, Ill.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. was second as a team in Par 4 scoring (4.57), third in Par 5 scoring (5.60) and sixth in Par 3 scoring (3.82) … The Bears recorded just three birdies as a team, second fewest in the field of nine teams … Washington U.'s 320 on day two was the third-lowest round of the tournament.