April 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 16th-ranked Baylor women’s golf team solidified its seventh top-five finish of the season, finishing fourth Sunday at the 32nd annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.
Host and No. 18 Ohio State claimed the Lady Buckeye title by a 16-stroke margin, finishing with a score of 30-over 894. No. 26 Michigan State finished second at 46-over 910, followed by No. 37 Iowa State in third at 57-over 921 and Baylor three strokes behind the Cyclones at 60-over 924 for fourth.
Ohio State’s Rachel Rohanna claimed individual medalist honors, finishing as the tournament’s lone sub-par performer. Iowa State’s Punpaka Phuntumabamrung finished second at 4-over 220, followed by Ohio State’s Kendall Prince in third at 10-over 226.
“We didn’t play too bad today,” head coach Jay Goble said. “Conditions were tough once again, but our goal was to get a good look at the course. With four rounds of experience under our belts, we’re ahead of the game if we come here for NCAA Regionals in May.
“This is a difficult course, especially with the less-than-ideal golfing conditions,” Goble said. “If we are indeed back here in May, I feel really good about our chances.”
Baylor freshman Hayley Davis carded her seventh top-10 finish of the season, tying for ninth overall at 14-over 230. Davis was 1-under through 10 holes, but bogeyed four of the final to finish the day at 3-over.
Seniors Valerie Sternebeck and Chelsey Cothran finished in the top 15, tying for 11th and 14th, respectively. Sternebeck shot a final-round 77 to finish at 15-over 231, while Cothran concluded the weekend one stroke behind at 16-over 232.
“Now, our focus moves to winning the Big 12 Championship,” Goble said. “We have two days in Texas before we leave for Kansas, but we’ll be ready to go.”
With the spring season complete, Baylor will look to claim its first Big 12 Conference title in program history April 27-29 at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship in Lawrence, Kan.
| LADY BUCKEYE SPRING INVITATIONAL
|1.||(18) Ohio State||308-297-289=894||+30|
|2.||(26) Michigan State||312-301-297=910||+46|
|3.||(37) Iowa State||310-307-304=921||+57|