RICHMOND, Ky. -- Ball State women’s golfer Jenna Hague carded a 1-over par round of 73 Saturday to claim victory at Eastern Kentucky’s Colonel Classic for the second year in a row.
As a team, the Cardinals finished as the runner-up to Toledo after a third straight steady round on the par-72, 5,807-yard layout at Arlington Golf Club.
Ball State wrapped up the 54-hole event with a team total of 914 (304-305-305) to edge out tournament host Eastern Kentucky by one shot for second place. Toledo held onto its overnight lead to finish as the champion in the 14-team field with a total of 29-over par 893.
After entering the final round tied for lead, Hague played a steady round with two birdies and three bogeys Saturday to emerge as the individual medalist by one shot over Toledo’s Sathika Ruenreong. Kate Hoops, also of Toledo, was two shots back in third place.
Hague finished with a 54-hole total of 3-over par 219 (74-72-73). The sophomore from Burlington, Ontario, won her fourth career tournament and second this season at the same event where she claimed her first collegiate victory last spring.
“Jenna was awesome,” Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. “Her swing looked as good as ever and her ball-striking was as good as ever. She had plenty of opportunities for birdies and not a lot of them fell, but she still played well enough to beat everyone in the field.”
Teammate Zoe Camus also relived some success from a year ago. The senior, who posted a top-5 finish at last year’s Colonel Classic, finished this year’s tournament in a tie for eighth place. Camus closed with a 78 in Saturday’s final round to post a total of 12-over par 228 (75-75-78).
Meghan Perry gave the Cardinals three golfers in the top 20, finishing in a tie for 19th at 16-over 232 (77-79-76), while Sarah Westaway tied for 33rd at 235 (78-79-78). Autumn Duke rounded out the Ball State lineup in a tie for 47th at 240 (78-80-82).
Ashtyn Brown competed as an individual this week and tied for 38th at 238 (77-81-80).
Ball State finished behind Toledo but ahead of three other Mid-American Conference teams in the field. The Cardinals ended the tournament 10 strokes ahead of Bowling Green, 12 strokes ahead of Ohio and 23 strokes ahead of Akron.
“It was just what we needed to come out and play three decent rounds,” Mowat said. “It was a good step in getting us going back in the right direction. We played in nice weather, which was a huge bonus. We didn’t have to battle any elements, and we could just focus on our game.”
It was the first runner-up finish this season for a Ball State team that won three times during the fall portion of its schedule but had struggled to find its groove in the early part of the spring.The Cardinals will be back in action April 13-14 at the Indiana University Invitational in Bloomington.