Women's Golf Fourth, Hague Fifth in First Fall Event
NORMAL, Ill. -- Jenna Hague moved up to fifth place individually, and the Ball State women's golf team finished Sunday's final round right where it started, closing the Redbird Invitational in fourth place out of 16 teams at the Weibring Golf Club.
The Cardinals recorded a team score of 312 in the final round and climbed as high as second place during the middle of the day. But it was a bunched leaderboard behind tournament champion Toledo with the No. 2 through No. 4 positions separated by just five strokes on a cool, windy day at the par-72, 6,104-yard course.
The Rockets posted a three-day total of 915 (303-307-305) to win by 13 strokes over second-place Bowling Green at 928 (312-301-315). Tournament host Illinois State was third at 930 (300-315-315), followed by Ball State at 933 (315-306-312).
"We entered today knowing we could make a move," Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. "We jumped around from second to fifth all day long, but in the end we didn't post the scores we needed to in order to have a higher finish. But there are a lot of positives to take as we work toward the four events left on our fall schedule."
Hague, a sophomore, carded a third-round 75 to move up three spots individually. Last year's Mid-American Conference champion posted a three-round total of 227 (81-71-75) and played the final 36 holes of the tournament better than any other golfer in the field at 2-over par.
Hague birdied three of her last four holes Sunday to post her second straight top-5 finish at the Redbird Invitational. The Ontario native placed third at last year's event in her first-ever collegiate tournament and went on to finish in the top five of five events during her freshman season.
"Jenna's finish was outstanding," Mowat said. "She fought back after that tough first round yesterday and did a nice job to catch up and end the tournament positively."
Illinois State's Katie Jean claimed individual medalist honors with her 54-hole score of 2-over par 218 (70-75-73), winning by four strokes over Toledo's Allison Schultz.
Ball State senior Autumn Duke tied for 22nd place at 233 (75-76-82), while junior Meghan Perry posted her third straight round in the 70s to tie for 25th at 235 (78-79-78). Senior Zoe Camus tied for 37th at 241 (81-80-80), and junior Sarah Westaway rounded out the Cardinals lineup in a tie for 43rd at 244 (81-84-79).
Cardinals freshman Karley Dobis was one of 12 players in the field competing as individuals and finished third among that group (43rd overall) with a three-round total of 244 (85-79-80).
This weekend's tournament was the first fall event for Ball State, whose next competition comes in two weeks with its home tournament. BSU will host the Cardinal Classic Sept. 22-23 at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind.