Destin, Fla., October 15, 2013 – Sophomore Connie Zhou won the Golfweek Fall Preview with three birdies on the back nine as the No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team placed second out of 17 teams at the three-day event held at Baytowne Golf Club in Destin, Fla.
No. 2 ranked Methodist defended its title by shooting a three-day score of 904 (296-304-304), ousting Washington U. by six strokes. The Bears, who were 18 shots back after the first day, concluded the 54-hole tournament with a score of 910 (314-294-302). The three-day total shattered the school record of 929, set a year ago at the Golfweek Fall Preview.
No. 23 Rhodes College was third with a 934 (319-310, 305), while No. 3 University of Texas-Tyler was fourth with a 937 (320-305-312) and No. 1 and defending national champion University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was fifth with a 938 (317-315-306).
"We stayed loose and competed hard for three-straight days and that's all you can ask for," said sixth-year head coach Sean Curtis. "I told the girls we didn't need to try and duplicate Monday's round, just to stick to our game plan and see what happens."
Zhou captured the first tournament victory of career by firing the lowest 54-hole score in school history of 219 (76-72-71). She shattered the previous mark of 227, set by Olivia Lugar a year ago at the Golfweek Fall Preview. Zhou ousted Loretta Giovannettone of Methodist by two strokes with a 71 Tuesday, the third lowest 18-hole score in school history. Giovannettone entered tournament play as the No. 1 ranked player in NCAA Division III.
"Winning the Golfweek Fall Preview was really surreal. I am thrilled that my first win was at Baytowne because it is one of my favorite courses," said Zhou. "My play over the tournament was consistent and even though I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I had been in the weeks before, everything came together."
Lugar and freshman Xin Fang also had top-five finishes in the final fall tournament of the season for the Bears. Lugar finished four strokes behind Zhou with a 223 (75-73-75) and was third, while Fang tied for fifth place with a 227 (80-71-76).
Washington U. opens up the 2014 spring season at the George Fox Invite held Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, in Peoria, Ariz.