Area college teams and players turned in very strong performances during the opening week of fall tournament play.
The Lady Paladins and Haylee Harford won the Minnesota Invitational, Wofford’s Andrew Novak took top honors at the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin and Limestone’s Cabrick Waters was the winner at the Kiawah Island Invitational.
The Lady Paladins began the season ranked 16th in one poll and played up to their ranking in Minneapolis. Furman climbed from fifth place at the start of the final round to finish in a tie with Purdue at the end of regulation.
Not many college tournaments use on course playoffs to determine champions. The Lady Paladins won the championship on the strength of Jaqueline Bendrick’s final round. Bendrick finished two shots in front of the fifth player from Purdue to give the Lady Paladins the title.
Furman finished in front of the Boilermakers and Texas with Wisconsin and TCU rounding out the top-five.
The victory was the first for the team under new head coach Jeff Hull. Hull was promoted from associate head coach to take over the program late in the summer.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” said Hull. “We didn’t play our best golf yesterday, but we hung in there to be in contention. We always preach being in the hunt with 9 holes to play, and that’s right where we were today. Our girls were so clutch today, shooting two-under par. Everyone contributed, especially at the end,” said the new Lady Paladin head coach.
Harford finished in a tie for medalist honors with Isabella Johansson of Kentucky. The Lady Paladin sophomore finished with a final round 4-under par 68.
“Haley birdied her last hole to shoot -4 and capture her first individual title. What a great start to the year,” said Hull.
Alice Chen finished in a tie for 5th place. Senior Taylor Totland tied for 17th and freshman natalie Srinivasan tied for 36th.
The Lady Paladins shot the best team round of the tournament on the final day posting a 2-under par 286 total.
NOVAK AND GRAB FINISH ON TOP AT BADGER INVITATIONAL
Wofford’s Andrew Novak finished on top of the field to win the Badger Invitational being played in Madison, Wisconsin. The Terrier senior shot a final round 2-under par 70 to move past his teammate Jeremy Grab, who was the second round leader.
Novak finished at 8-under par for the 54 hole event. He carded birdies on two of the last three holes to pull ahead of Grab for the win. The victory was the third college win and the 15th top 10 finish for the Terrier senior.
He and Grab helped the Terriers to a third place team finish. Iowa State won the championship with Nevada in second place. The Terriers.
LIMESTONE’S WATERS WINS AT KIAWAH ISLAND
Limestone College senior Cabrick Waters shot a final round even par 72 to win the Kiawah Island Invitational. Waters held the first round lead after shooting a 7-under par 65.
His two day total of 7-under par was enough for a two shot victory over San Broadhurst of Lincoln Memorial.
“Getting a college win has been a big goal of mine,” said the Saints golfer from Gaffney. “This win is going to allow me to play with confidence the rest of this season,” he added.
Armstrong State won the tournament played on the Cougar Point Golf Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The Saints finished in fifth place for the 36 hole event.
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