Sept. 18, 2007
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - After being forced off the course several time on Monday due to rain and eventually darkness, the Baylor women's golf team fought through to capture a second place finish with a 895 (300-304-291) at the Ron Moore Invitational in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on Tuesday.
Sophomore Hannah Burke (Herfordshire, England) continued to lead the way for the Lady Bears, finishing just two stokes behind the individual champion to garner a second place finish. Burke shot a 215 (72-71-72) during the two-day event, cutting nine strokes off of her total during the season-opening tournament on Sept. 10-11.
"What a turn-around from our first tournament," head coach Sylvia Ferdon said. "I really thought that if Hannah could shoot even-par in her final round that she would have a chance to win it and I'm really proud of her. She shot two eagles in the tournament and that was great to see."
Burke completed the second round 1-under-par for Baylor's first sub-par round of the season, but was quickly joined as freshman Lene Hafsten-Morch (Billingstad, Norway) fired a career-best 71 in her final round to match Burke's effort.
Hafsten-Morch, who finished the tournament tied for 26th place, continued her string of improvement over the 54-hole event, much as she did the week before. On Sept. 10-11 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Hafsten-Morch opened with an 86 before recording rounds of 81 and 76 to end the tournament. This week, at the Ron Moore Invitational, she opened with an 80 before matching her previous career-low of 76 in round two. Hafsten-Morch ended the tournament matching the teams' lowest individual round of 71.
"I saw her (Hafsten-Morch) make a few mistakes but I knew she was striking the ball well," Ferdon said. "We had to go back out today and finish four holes so I had a chance to talk to Lene and we corrected some things she was doing around the holes, but I didn't know she was going to shoot that low; it was great."
Ferdon also saw vast improvements out of the rest of her team as senior Sian Reddick (Folkestone, England) finished tied for 14th after shooting a 223 (72-78-73)
After finishing tied for 64th and 81st respectively during the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, freshman Morgan Chambers (Purcell, Okla.) and sophomore Kristen Hendrix (Houston, Texas) bounced back with a pair of 235's for the Bears. Chambers opened strong with a 76 and finished the tournament with rounds of 81 and 78 while Hendrix steadily improved throughout all 54 holes. After a round one 81, Hendrix carded a 79 and a 75 during the final two round.
The field of 18 featured Big 12 opponents Iowa State (3rd; 304-301-291=897), Nebraska (6th; 298-303-306=907), Kansas (8th; 309-308-294), Texas Tech (t-12th; 304-310-307=921), Colorado (14th; 312-314-296=922), and Kansas State (16th; 310-315-309=934).
"It was great for the girls to see these teams early in the season," Ferdon said. "These are the teams we have to be able to beat come spring if we want to guarantee our spot in the (NCAA) tournament."
The team will take a few weeks off before returning to action at the Price's "Give-em Five" Invitational on October 15-17 in Las Cruces, N.M. Last season the Lady Bears finished second at the event.
For complete hole-by-hole results and full team and individual standings from the Ron Moore Invitational, visit: www.GolfStat.com
Final Individual Standings 2, Hannah Burke (72-71-72=215); t-14, Sian Reddick (72-78-73=223); t-26, Lene Hafsten-Morch (80-76-71=227); t-57, Morgan Chambers (76-81-78=235); t-57, Kristen Hendrix (81-79-75=235)