WOLCOTT, Colo. -- Jenna Hague managed her third straight top-10 result to open the season, and the Ball State women's golf team finished Wednesday’s final round 13th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Meghan Perry closed with a round of 4-over par 76 to lead the Cardinals, while Hague posted a final-round 77. They helped Ball State to its best round of the three-day event with a team score of 315.
The Cardinals ended the 54-hole tournament with an overall score of 957. They finished ahead of five of the 18 teams at Red Sky Golf Club’s Fazio Course, including power conference opponents Indiana and Boston College.
The quality competition provided a strong test this week with 11 of the teams having finished among the top 100 nationally a year ago. The course provided its own challenges with fast greens, changing elevation and thin air at an altitude of nearly 8,000 feet that required excellent distance control.
Pepperdine handled those challenges better than any other team, finishing the tournament with a 5-over par total of 869 to win by 36 strokes. UC Davis was second at 905 (+41), followed by TCU in third at 910 (+46).
Pepperdine’s Grace Na was the individual medalist at 6-under after closing with a 68 in the final round. Her teammate Marissa Chow was second at 4-under. They were the only players in the field in red figures for the week.
Hague was just seven shots off the lead entering the day and managed to hang on to a tie for eighth place in the final standings. She ended the tournament with a three-day total of 9-over par 225. Dating back to last season, she has finished in the top 10 at five consecutive events.
Perry’s round of 76 was her best of the week and matched Ball State’s second-lowest individual round of the tournament. She closed with a total score of 244.
Westaway was the Cardinals’ second-best finisher for the week in a tie for 49th place with a score of 240. Mary Welch finished her three days with a total of 258, while McDougall closed at 268.
Ball State is now off until Oct. 7-8 when the Cardinals will host The Preview at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers, Ind. The course is the site of April’s Mid-American Conference Championships, which Ball State will also host.