Women’s Golf Takes Seventh At Nittany Lion Invitational

Women’s Golf Takes Seventh At Nittany Lion Invitational

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. – Santa Clara women's golf scored its best round of the 54-hole Nittany Lion Invitational with a final-round 296, ending the event in seventh-place among the 16-team field with a 903 (+39) total.

Following their first-round 310, which left them in 11th place, the Broncos responded with a second-round 297 to climb four spots up the leaderboad into seventh. Today's 296 gave them separation from the teams below them, however they couldn't climb further finishing 9-strokes out of a top-5 finish.

"Our ball-striking was very good in the second and third rounds," head coach Krystal Kelly noted. "The course played long in Round 1 and the wind was opposite of the practice round. We were process and target-oriented over the last 36 holes. I'm very proud of the number we posted today. I think this was a great way to get the season started."

Host Penn State won the team title over Washington in a scorecard tie-breaker. Both squads ended 54-holes at 864.

Sophomore Emily Sumner was Santa Clara's top individual finisher. Her final-round 1-over 73 put her in a tie for 21st with a 7-over 223 total. Junior Marni Murez carded a final-round even-par 72 to move up 14 spots on the leaderboard to claim a share of 23rd place at 8-over 224.

Sarah Busey tied for 31st with a 226 total (76-73-77). Freshman Claire Choi carded a final-round 2-over 74 and improved her scores over each round. She ended at 16-over 232 (81-77-74) to tie for 55th. Chloe Wong's final-round 78 gave her a total of 234.

Penn State's Sarah Willis won individual medalist honors with a tournament record 11-under 205.

The Broncos return to action on Sept. 29 competing in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

Santa Clara Final Individual Results

T21. Emily Sumner 78-72-73 = 223 (+7)
T23. Marni Murez 75-77-72 = 224 (+8)
T31. Sarah Busey 76-73-77 = 226 (+10)
T55. Claire Choi 81-77-74 = 232 (+16)
61. Chloe Wong 81-75-78 = 234 (+18)


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