Feb. 11, 2014
PALOS VERDES, Calif. - The Baylor women's golf team finished in seventh place after shooting 15-over-par 299 in Tuesday's final round at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. Over the 54-hole tournament, the Lady Bears shot 32-over-par 884, which placed them in front of eight teams ranked in the nation's top 35.
Five of the teams that finished ahead of the Lady Bears entered the tournament ranked in the nation's top seven, and the sixth team in front of BU was ranked 13th. Top-ranked USC won the event at 14-over 866, followed by No. 3 Duke (+21) and No. 7 Arizona State (+23). BU (+32) finished in front of No. 5 Oklahoma (+41), No. 9 Oklahoma State (+53) and six additional teams ranked among the top 35 nationally.
Hayley Davis and Laura Lonardi both posted the lowest scores for Baylor in Tuesday's final round, shooting 2-over 73 to give them overall scores of 1-over 214 and 18-over 231, respectively. Davis jumped three spots in the standings to finish alone in second place, recording the highest individual finish for Baylor this season. Lonardi finished in a tie for 63rd place.
Natalia Perez shot 5-over 76 for an overall score of 18-over 231 to finish tied for 63rd place. Louise Gateau-Chovelon's 6-over 77 placed her in a tie for 33rd place with an overall score of 11-over 224 in her first collegiate tournament. Hadas Libman, who shot even-par in each of the first two rounds, was disqualified in the final round for signing an incorrect scorecard. Libman would've finished tied for 15th place had she not been disqualified.
With her second place finish in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Davis now has 10 top-3 individual finishes in her collegiate career.
The Lady Bears had 11 birdies in Tuesday's final round, 10 of which were on the back nine. Gateau-Chovelon had the only birdie for BU in the front nine.
Lonardi and Gateau-Chovelon led Baylor in birdies with four apiece.
Davis made 16 pars and two bogeys in her final round of 2-over-par.
Perez made three birdies on the back nine, including the 18th hole that was the second-least birdied in the tournament with only 18 birdies made.
STAT OF THE DAY
40 - The number of birdies the Lady Bears had over the 54-hole tournament, with 17, 12 and 11 birdies during each 18-hole round, respectively.
TOP QUOTE I
"I'm really proud of the way Hayley has come back this semester," head coach Jay Goble said. "She has worked extremely hard on her game. It's great for her to finish in second place in this kind of field that's like a national championship. It doesn't get much better than that. She played great and the person that beat her this week was the college golf Player of the Year last season, Annie Park."
TOP QUOTE II
"If you would've told me we would've finished in the top half of the field before the week started, I would've said that's really good, but when I saw how we were playing against the top teams in the country, and how we finished today, I'm disappointed in the fact that we didn't finish a little stronger than we did," Goble said. "I know at one point we were only two shots out of second place with very few holes left to go. It's bittersweet because we beat a lot of teams that were ranked ahead of us, but we also had a chance to beat a lot of teams that were ranked ahead of us and we came up short."
The Lady Bears play their second tournament of the spring season in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, which begins Feb. 23. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.