April 6, 2014
DALLAS - The Baylor women's golf team won the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational with a two-round score of 15-over 591. Sunday's final round was cancelled due to lightning in the Dallas area. The tournament title is Baylor's first since claiming the Hurricane Invitational championship on Feb. 5, 2013.
The Lady Bears finished four strokes ahead of No. 18 LSU (+19, 595) and six strokes ahead of No. 29 North Carolina (+21, 597). Baylor also defeated fellow Big 12 Conference teams Kansas (+29, 605), Oklahoma State (+30, 606), Texas Tech (+43, 619), TCU (+44, 620) and Kansas State (+44, 620). The event was Baylor's last before the Big 12 Championship, which runs April 25-27 in Austin, Texas.
Hayley Davis finished in a tie for second place with a score of 2-over-par 146, while Laura Lonardi and Hadas Libman tied for seventh place with scores of 3-over 147. Louise Gateau-Chovelon and Maggie Beth Byers finished in a tie for 28th place with scores of 10-over 154. Emma Carberry, who was playing as an individual, finished in 82nd place with a score of 22-over 166.
This was Baylor's fifth tournament title under third-year head coach Jay Goble.
Three Baylor players finished in the top-10 individually for the first time since the 2011 Alamo Invitational.
Davis (2nd) recorded her 11th career top-3 individual finish.
Libman earned her best career individual finish (t-7th), placing 30 spots higher in the standings than any of her six previous tournaments.
Lonardi (t-7th) tied her career best finish, which came at the 2013 Alamo Invitational.
Byers earned her best finish (t-28th) in four career collegiate events.
"This was a long time coming and this team really deserved this win," head coach Jay Goble said. "They work so hard every day and are getting better at the right time because postseason is coming soon. Hayley had a second-place finish in front of her parents who flew in from England to watch her. We also got solid finishes from Hadas and Laura, and that's just what they needed going into conference play."
The Lady Bears head to the Big 12 Championship, which runs April 25-27 in Austin, Texas. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.