September 15, 2013

Women’s Golf in Fourth Place After Day One at O’Brien National Invite

South Bend, Ind., September 15, 2013 — The No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team fired an opening round 332 and sits in fourth place after day one of the O'Brien National Invitational held at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

No. 4 ranked DePauw University shot a 316 to lead a nine-team field that features six teams ranked in the top-20 of the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III Preseason Poll. No. 11 Centre College (323), No. 17 Olivet College (327), Washington U. (332) and No. 6 George Fox University (332) round out the top four in the team standings.

Loreece Magsanide of George Fox fired an opening round 74 (37-37) and holds a one-shot lead in the individual standings.

"It was wet and cool today, and it rained on and off the entire round," said sixth-year head coach Sean Curtis. "It was a tough day overall for our team. We just have to put it behind us and come out ready to play tomorrow."

A pair of freshman led Washington U. on the opening day, as Xin Fang and Samantha Han were the top two finishers for the Bears. Fang fired an 80 (38-42) and is tied for 11th place, while Han is two shots back in 16th place with an 82 (41-41).

Sophomore Connie Zhou (42-42, 84, 20th place), junior Olivia Lugar(43-43, 86, 25th place) and senior Andrea Hibbert (42-45, 87, 27th place) rounded out the starting lineup for Washington U.

Freshman Jessica Wibawa (41-47, 88, 33rd place) and juniorMackenzie Findlay (48-48, 96, 54th place) also competed as individuals for Washington U.

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.

The final round of the O'Brien National Invitational will conclude with 18 holes on Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. was second as a team in Par 4 scoring (4.62), sixth in Par 5 scoring (5.80) and eighth in Par 3 scoring (3.90) … The Bears recorded just one birdie as a team.