Women's Midweek Report: OSU wins overdue title
Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend:
THE BIG 5
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1. Oklahoma State: The Schooner Fall Classic title amounted to an overdue victory for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls have started the season strong despite playing in deep fields week in, week out. Oklahoma State was third at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview and runner-up at the Windy City Collegiate before winning the Schooner by six. The best part? The Cowgirls were missing their top player, Julie Yang, as Yang stepped away to play the second stage of LPGA Q-School.
2. Oklahoma: Give credit to the Schooner host for biggest comeback. Oklahoma stumbled in the first round at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla., and with a 27-over 307, dropped to 12th immediately. The Sooners were just 7 over as a team in their next 36 holes and climbed back into second.
3. Mercer: While the men’s team has gotten ample (and deserved) praise for winning the Brickyard Invitational (the field included top-10 programs Georgia and Georgia Tech), the women’s team now deserves a nod. The Bears rallied in the final round of the Xavier LPGA Invitational to win their second title of the season. Mercer began the day five shots off the lead and won by eight.
4. East Tennessee State: The Buccaneers continue to show improvement, even so early in the season. ETSU posted the best final-round team score Oct. 8 at the Lady Pirate Championship and won by four shots. Vivenne Chin led that effort with a T-5 finish and Gabriella Wahl tied for eighth. This heavily international squad is a determined one.
5. College of Charleston: The Cougars earned their first team title in two years by winning the CSU Wendy’s Invitational on Oct. 8. College of Charleston finished 13 shots clear of runner-up Coastal Carolina at Rivertowne Country Club. Coastal Carolina attempted a comeback, but the Cougars never gave up the lead.
1. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU: Sagstrom continues to be a solid leader for the Tigers. She shot 4-under 206 (70-70-66) at the Schooner to win the individual title. Freshman Caroline Nistrup was close behind her, finishing fourth at even-par 210 (73-65-72).
2. Laura Fuenfstueck, College of Charleston: The freshman from Germany won the individual title at the CSU Wendy’s Invitational by posting 1-under 215. She has now led the Cougars in two of three events this fall.
3. Avery George, Middle Tennessee State: George, a sophomore, won the Lady Pirate Invitational by three shots as she led her team to a runner-up finish. George at 1-under 215 (75-67-73) was the only golfer under par.
4. Jenna Hague, Ball State: Hague earned her sixth career victory Oct. 8 at the 2013 Preview, played at Hawthorne Golf Club in Fishers, Ind. Hague posted 3-over 147 (72-75) to win by two shots. The junior now has won twice in four tournaments this fall, and her six victories ties the Mid-American Conference record.
5. Samantha Smolen, Lynn: Smolen led the Division II defending national champions to victory Oct. 8 at the Guy Harvey Invitational. Smolen, a junior, posted 5-under 139 (69-70) to win by four.
BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. UCLA: DNP
2. Washington: Edean Ihlanfeldt (in progress)
3. USC: DNP
4. Oklahoma: Second, Schooner Fall Classic
5. Pepperdine: 10th, Schooner Fall Classic
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. Erynne Lee, UCLA: DNP
2. Alison Lee, UCLA: DNP
3. Charlotte Thomas, Washington: Edean Ihlanfeldt (in progress)
4. Kyung Kim, USC: DNP
5. SooBin Kim, Washington: Edean Ihlanfeldt (in progress)