Recap | Results
O’BRIEN NIT: Morrison Takes O’Brien Medalist Honors, Bruins Finish 6th as a Team
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Extending her first-day advantage with a second-day three-over-par 76, George Fox University All-American Kelsey Morrison captured medalist honors while the Bruins’ team finished sixth as the O’Brien National Invitational Women’s Golf Tournament ended Monday here at the University of Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course.
Morrison’s final card showed a 73-76=149, five-over-par on the par 72, 5,874-yard course. Hannah Buck of Washington University-St. Louis, who was one shot behind Morrison after the first day, slipped into a tie for fifth with a 74-82=156. Kelsey Smith of DePauw University scorched the course Monday with a tournament-record two-under-par 70, but had to settle for runner-up honors with an 83-70=153, four shots behind Morrison.
All three made the All-Tournament Team, as did Catherine Wagner of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (78-76=154), Jennifer Sullivan of Methodist University (77-77=154), and Whitney Miller of Centre College (83-73=156). Olivia Lugar of Washington University-St. Louis, to whom Morrison was runner-up for NCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors last year, tied for seventh (77-80=157).
As a team, the Bruins improved by two strokes on Monday to finish with a 331-329=660, slipping from fifth to sixth when DePauw scored a 15-stroke improvement and climbed from sixth to fourth with a 332-317=649. Methodist, which has won 15 straight national championships, won the event with a 318-315=633, seven shots ahead of Washington-St. Louis (321-319=640). Centre College took third (325-316=641), followed by DePauw, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (329-330=659), George Fox, Allegheny College (339-329=668), host St. Mary’s College of Indiana (332-338=670), Whitman College (336-343=679), and Gustavus Adolphus College (340-340=680). All 10 teams are ranked in the Golf World / National Golf Coaches Association pre-season top 15.
Contributing to the Bruins’ score on Monday were Kiana Lumanlan (89-81=170, tied for 31st), Abby Mann (85-82=167, tied for 27th), and Melissa Nugent (94-90=184, tied for 57th). Whitney Jammerman finished with an 84-94=178 to tie for 46th. The Bruins were without their usual No. 2 player, Megan McGrew, who had to sit out the tournament with tendonitis in her elbow.
Complete results of the O’Brien National Invitational Women’s Golf Tournament, courtesy of the St. Mary’s sports information office, may be found on the George Fox athletics web site at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wgolf/2012-13/files/0917.htm.
NEXT: The Bruins will compete in the Boxer Classic, hosted by Pacific University at the Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Ore., on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23. Tee time on both days is 12:00 noon.