Western Carolina could do no wrong.
The Catamounts set numerous records en route to its victory at the Aggie Invitational, their second win of the season. Western Carolina obliterated the school’s 54-hole record of 872 set a year ago by 24 strokes, finishing with a program-best 848 over the three-round event at the Players Course at Bryan Park in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Senior Madison Isaacson claimed individual medalist honors with a school-record 54-hole score of 10-under 206. She was seven strokes better than the previous school record of 213 shot by Amy Wooten in spring 2019. Isaacson carded rounds of 69-70-67, each of which either matched or bested her previous low collegiate round.
Paced by Isaacson, the Catamounts held the top five positions in the final standings with four of its scoring five and one individual grouped at the top of the leaderboard. The next four in the standings for Western Carolina – runner-up Elizabeth Lohbauer, freshman Brie Mapanao in third, redshirt freshman Kayleigh Baker in fourth and individual competitor Kaitlyn Wingnean in fifth – each posted the best finish and 54-hole scores of their career.
In the second round, the Catamounts shot a school-record 10-under 278. They won by 53 strokes over second-place Appalachian State.
Mississippi State wins Mason Rudolph
Mississippi State trailed by six shots going into the final round at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, but the Bulldogs had one of the best rounds in team history up their sleeve.
As a team, Mississippi State recorded the fourth lowest third round in school history (7 under) to capture the title, topping Arizona by four strokes and Vanderbilt by five. The 19-under total is the fifth-lowest tally after 54 holes by the team in school history.
“It’s a very special feeling to win the Mason Rudolph Championship and a week that certainly we will all cherish for a long time,” Mississippi State coach Charlie Ewing said.
Julia Lopez Ramirez and Izzy Pellot combined to play the last five holes at 6 under. Lopez Ramirez was just 1-under on the day through 13 holes but played the last five holes in 5 under to finish at 6-under 66 for the day. The reigning SEC Freshman of the Year eagled the par-5 14th hole and birdied the last three holes, finishing in fourth at 6-under 210.
Hannah Levi also had a big tournament, finishing at 6 under. Auburn’s Megan Schofill won the individual competition at 9 under. LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad finished T-7 at 5-under 211.
Montana State, Weidig Velazquez make history at Eagle Invitational
The Montana State University women’s golf team finished second at Eastern Washington’s Eagle Invitational with an 883 (294-291-298) at the par-72, 6,000-yard Indian Canyon Golf Course. The Bobcats’ three-round score is the best single-round tournament score in program history.
Weidig Velazquez, who won the individual title, is the first Bobcat to win back-to-back individual titles in this century. She joins Jen McGregor (1993-97), Kelly Gillum (2004-09) and Melanie Wasmann (1996-2000) as the only Bobcats to win multiple tournaments.
Weidig Velazquez won her second straight tournament at the 2022 Eagle Invitational. (Photo: Montana State Golf)
Velazquez shot 1-under 215 over the 54-hole tournament.
Florida State holds off late-charging TCU in Schooner Classic
TCU sat in seventh place heading into the final round of the Schooner Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma, but the Horned Frogs got hot in the third round.
With a final-round 12-under 268, the third lowest round of the week, TCU vaulted into second place, but Florida State’s 4 under final round was enough to give the Seminoles the title.
Florida State led after every round, taking control with a 13-under 267 in the first round. Lottie Woad finished in eighth at 5 under while Charlotte Heath finished ninth a stroke behind.
TCU’s Caitlyn Macnab shot 6-under 64 in the final round to finish at 10 under and beat Iowa State’s Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn by one shot. Chul-Ak-Sorn also shot 6 under in the final round.
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