Connie Zhou Claims Medalist Honors at O'Brien National Invite

Connie Zhou Claims Medalist Honors at O'Brien National Invite

South Bend, Ind., Sept. 15, 2014 – Junior Connie Zhou captured medalist honors to lead the Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team to a third-place finish at the 2014 O'Brien National Invitational held Sunday-Monday, Sept. 14-15, at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Wittenberg University led from start to finish and finished the two-day event with a 634 (307-327), which was seven strokes ahead of second-place George Fox University (326-315, 641). Washington U. was third with a 644 (323-321) in the field of 10 teams, including four that finished in the top-10 at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship.

Defending national champion Rhodes College was fourth with a 652 (325-327) and DePauw University was fifth with a 660 (337-323) to round out the top five.

Zhou captured the second tournament victory of her career by firing a two-day total of 152 (73-79). She defeated second-place Jane Hopkinson-Wood of Wittenberg by one stroke.

"My short game came through this weekend, and it complemented my long game well," said Zhou. "I was driving the ball really well, which is an advantage at the Warren Course. Overall, I felt more relaxed standing over the ball."

Senior Olivia Lugar also had a top-10 finish for the Bears, firing a two-day score of 158 (79-79) to finish in a tie for eighth place. Junior Erin Lawrence (87-82, 169, 28th place), freshman Erin Drolet (89-81, 170, 32nd place) and sophomore Samantha Han (84-89, 173, 39th place) also made the start for Washington University.

Washington U. returns to action Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at the DePauw University Small College Golf Classic at Deer Creek Golf Club in Clayton, Ind.

Individual Results:
1.              Connie Zhou – 73-79, 152
T8.            Olivia Lugar – 79-79, 158
T28.          Erin Lawrence – 87-82, 169
32.            Erin Drolet – 89-81, 170
T39.          Samantha Han – 84-89, 173

T25.          Jessica Wibawa – 86-82, 168 (Individual)
T28.          Emily Romanow – 83-86, 169 (Individual)