Women's Golf Wins Its Own Cardinal Classic
YORKTOWN, Ind. -- The Ball State women's golf team finished off a team victory Sunday in its own Cardinal Classic at The Players Club. The event featured 12 teams.
Sophomore Jenna Hague tied for first place before suffering a loss on the first playoff hole for medalist honors. Teammates Meghan Perry, Autumn Duke and Zoe Camus each finished within four shots of the lead to place in the top 8 on the individual leaderboard.
The tournament victory marked the third time in the 12-year history of the event the Cardinals have taken home the title. Ball State also won the tournament in the Spring of 2008 and the Fall of 2008.
The Cardinals finished with a score of 611 (309-302) in the 36-hole event. Fellow Mid-American Conference member Western Michigan managed a 619 (317-302) to finish second on the par-72, 6,258-yard layout.
"Our goal was to win, and we knew we had a chance," Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. "We played some really good qualifying rounds over the past two weeks, so we knew when things were clicking we could post four really good scores."
Hague managed a 7-over par total of 151 (75-76) for the tournament and tied for first with 18-hole leader Korakot Simsiriwong of Marshall, who carded a round of 79 Sunday after an opening-round 72. The two battled for the individual title in a playoff on the par-4, 345-yard 10th hole. Simsiriwong managed a birdie, while Hague bogeyed.
Perry finished one just stroke out of the playoff and tied for third place at 152 (76-76) after two consecutive steady rounds.
Duke and Camus carded Ball State's best scores of the day with each posting a round of 3-over par 75. Duke finished the tournament two shots back in a three-way tie for fifth with a score of 153 (78-75), while Camus tied for eighth with a 155 (80-75). Only three golfers in the field posted a better final-round score than Duke and Camus.
Sarah Westaway rounded out the Ball State lineup, managing a 164 (83-81) to tie for 38th overall.
The weather was cool for the second straight day with temperatures reaching only into the mid-50s. The start of Sunday's round was actually delayed 30 minutes because of frost on the ground.
"Conditions were tougher than usual for this event," Mowat said. "It was a challenge out there with the wind and the cold. To finish the day the way we did with four solid rounds gives me good hope for the rest of this season and shows that we have good depth with several players who can post a good number."
Ball State also played four golfers as individuals this weekend. Karley Dobis led that group with a 163 (79-84) to tie for 35th, while Mary Welch placed 41st with a 165 (84-81). Brenna Obergfell tied for 46th with a 168 (88-80), and Ashtyn Brown placed 52nd with a 170 (83-87).
Ball State has hosted the Cardinal Classic every year since the 2001-02 season with all but one of those tournaments being held at The Players Club.
In addition to the Cardinals, this year's event featured Dayton, IUPUI, Marshall, Northern Illinois, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Valparaiso, UIC, Western Illinois and Western Michigan.