Oct. 10, 2001
Las Cruces, N.M. -- -
Baylor's women's golf team took the title at the New Mexico State Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate today. The Bears shot another record-breaking round, which included a two-team sudden death finale.
Baylor and Arizona State were tied for first, so a team sudden death playoff was needed to distinguish a winner. The first three Baylor players bogeyed the hole, however the last two, Kelli McKandless and Melanie Hagewood, birdied the hole leaving Baylor at even par for the day and 870 (291-292-287) for the tournament. Arizona Sate was left two shots over par for the day and also 870 for the tournament.
Head Coach Sylvia Ferdon said, "The Bears have six players, and they all won it, and that is one of our strengths. Everyone played great".
The Bears set a Baylor record in the low competitive round category after shooting 291 Monday. The previous record stood at 295, which was set last spring at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic. On day two the Bears shot 292, again placing them in the record book. The final round 287 placed the Bears in the record book in the low competitive round category and the low tournament 54 holes category as well. The previous record stood at 906, which was set at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic last spring.
The Bears, ranked 55th nationally by Golfstat, were led by senior Nicole Johnson all three days. Johnson finished third after posting 69-73-72=214.
Rounding out the individual scoring for the Bears were senior Tara Bateman who tied at fourth (73-73-71=217), junior Hanna-Sofia Svenningsson tied at ninth (77-73-70=220) and also met a Baylor record low competitive round with her final round 70. Junior Melanie Hagewood tied for 25th (78-73-76=227) and sophomore transfer Kelli McKandless tied at 30th after posting 72-82-74=228. Sophomore Michaelyn Morgan entered as an individual and also tied at 30th (78-76-74=228).
The Bears are coming off a 12th place finish at the Big 12 Invitational last week and will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 30-31 for the Rainbow Wahine Fall Golf Classic.