Women's Golf First, Hague Medalist at Colby Invite
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jenna Hague claimed medalist honors and the Ball State women's golf team made it two straight tournament titles Tuesday at the SCU Colby Invitational.
The Cardinals won for the third time in five events this fall thanks to another steady round at Silver Creek Valley Country Club. Ball State played the par-70, 6,146-yard layout one stroke better than it did in Monday's opening round to finish the 36-hole event with a team score of 605 (303-302).
That score was good enough to beat second-place IUPUI (609) by four shots and third-place tournament host Santa Clara (615) by 10 shots. First-round leader UC Riverside, which entered the day with a two-shot edge on Ball State, slipped to fourth place at 616.
Hague emerged from a group that started the day two shots off the individual lead to win the tournament by three strokes. She turned in a round of even-under par 70 on Tuesday to close with a 36-hole total of 2-over 142 (72-70).
The sophomore from Burlington, Ontario, topped Lauren Kuss from IUPUI by three shots and first-round leader Clariss Guce of Cal State Northridge by four shots in the individual race.
Ball State senior Autumn Duke posted the second-lowest score for Ball State at 12-over par 152 following her second straight round of 76. She tied for 11th place in the field of 68 golfers.
Senior Zoe Camus and junior Meghan Perry gave the Cardinals four golfers in the top 25. Camus tied for 21st with a 36-hole total of 157 (80-77). Perry, the reigning Mid-American Conference Women's Golfer of the Week, tied for 24th at 158 (75-83).
Junior Sarah Westaway rounded out the Ball State lineup in a tie for 43rd at 164 (85-79). Her second-round 79 was Ball State's fourth counting score on the day and was vital in helping the Cardinals secure the team championship.
The 11-team field at the Colby Invitational included tournament host Santa Clara, Ball State, Cal Poly, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside, Seattle, Montana State, Cal State Bakersfield and IUPUI.
Ball State has now won two straight tournaments and boasted the medalist in both. The Cardinals won The Preview last week in Nashport, Ohio, with Perry topping the individual leaderboard. The team also won its own Cardinal Classic in September at The Players Club.
Hague's individual title this week is the third of her short career. She won the MAC Championships and the Eastern Kentucky Colonel Classic last year as a freshman. Hague has also tied for first in two other tournaments before falling in playoffs for medalist honors.Ball State has now completed the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule. The Cardinals are slated to open their spring season Feb. 17-18 at Texas State's Jim West Challenge at Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Blanco, Texas.