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Jenna Hague finished three strokes off the lead after a final-round 71.
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Hague Places Third, Women’s Golf Eighth at Rio Verde
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RIO VERDE, Ariz. -- Jenna Hague carded an even-par round of 71 to climb into a tie for third place Sunday as the Ball State women’s golf team wrapped up play at the Rio Verde Invitational.

The Cardinals held steady in eighth place as a team with a final-round score of 305 on the Quail Run course at Rio Verde Country Club. They finished the event with a 54-hole score of 924 (+72).

Xavier posted its second straight sub-300 round to hold onto its overnight lead in the 18-team field. The Musketeers won the tournament with a total score for the week of 900 (+48), five shots clear of second-place Montana.

Hague’s 71 matched the low round by any player all week. She made 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys Sunday to stand pat a 9 over par, and her three-round total of 222 put her three shots behind individual medalist Tara Green of Montana.

Green was the only other player to shoot 71 in the final round as she emerged from a six-way tie for first place entering the day. Xavier’s Shane Crutchfield finished two shots back in solo possession of second place, while Hague tied with Northern Arizona’s Jacquie LeMarr for third.

Meghan Perry turned in Ball State’s second-best round of the day and her best round of the week with a 74. The Cardinals also counted scores of 80 from both Mary Welch and Karley Dobis in the final round.

Welch tied for 24th at 231 (+18) for the tournament, while Perry moved up into a tie for 41st on the final leaderboard at 235 (+22).

Dobis would have been part of the group tied for the lead at the start of the day but was disqualified in the second round for signing an incorrect scorecard. If the Cardinals had been able to count her second-round score, they would have finished the tournament in third place.

Sarah Westaway finished the week at 248 after shooting 84 in the final round. Meghan McDougall, competing as an individual, finished at 260 after a final-round 87.

Hague, whose stroke average now stands at 72.90, finished in the top 10 for the ninth straight event and placed in the top three for the third time in the past four. She entered the week ranked No. 71 in the country and No. 33 in the Golfstat Cup race.

The Rio Verde event was the second on Ball State’s spring schedule. The Cardinals will play again March 24-25 at the UALR Golf Classic at Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, Ark.

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