Nov. 5, 2007
BASTROP, Texas - Hannah Burke ended carded the lowest round of her career to earn individual medalist honors at the inaugural Challenge at Wolfdancer, erasing a four-stroke deficit and garnering a fourth-place finish for the Baylor women's golf team on Monday.
Burke shot a 67 on the final day of competition from the Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop, Texas, to finish the event with a three-round total of 217 (72-78-67). Her 54-hole total is the third-lowest of her collegiate career and earned her the individual title by four strokes.
For the day, Burke recorded five birdies and 13 pars en route to establishing a new Wolfdancer Golf Club course record.
"I don't like to make excuses, but I felt a little tired in my final round yesterday," said Burke. "We have such a young team and we've struggled a bit this fall; it's awesome for me and the team to finish like this as we start to prepare for the spring."
Along with fatigue, Burke was also playing with a heavy heart after the passing of a close family friend back home in England. A dear friend that brought Burke through the ranks and was very influential in Burke continueing her golf career in the states passed away earlier and the week and following the win, Burke dedicated her victory to Ruth.
The title is the first of Burke's career and the sixth time she has finished in the top eight on the individual leaderboard. Earlier this fall Burke finished second at the Ron Moore Invitational with a 215 (72-71-72) and she earned top-10 finishes on four separate occasions as a freshman.
With the win, Burke ended her fall season averaging 74.13 strokes a round, down nearly a whole stroke from a year ago.
As a team, Baylor finished in fourth place, 13 strokes behind Northwestern. Following Burke, freshmen Morgan Chambers and Lene Hafsten-Morch carded 231 and 241, respectively.
Chambers' 231 is the lowest of her collegiate career after recording tournaments of 236, 235, 233 and 252 to begin the season. She finished the event tied for 13th, followed by Haftsten-Morch (T-40) and senior Sian Reddick (T-48).
Baylor's fourth-place finish is the team's fourth top-10 finish of the season and its second finish in the top four. The Bears finished second overall at the Ron Moore Invitational on Sept. 17-18.
The Bears will take a few months off before spring action begins. Baylor's next competition will begin on Feb. 18 when the Bears take part in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. Last season Baylor finished the Central District Invitational in third place.
1. Northwestern (304-301-306=911); 2. Iowa State (303-306-307=916); 3. Middle Tennessee State (305-298-318=921); 4. Baylor (308-311-305=924); 5. Illinois (313-311-309=933)
1. Hannah Burke, Baylor (72-78-67=217); T2. Seul Ki Park, Illinois (75-74-72=221); T2. Therese Nilsson, Lamar (77-72-72=221); 4. Morgan Hale, Middle Tennessee State (71-75-77=223); 5. Taryn Durham, Middle Tennessee State (74-72-78=224);... T13. Morgan Chambers (77-76-78=231); T40. Lene Hafsten-Morch (79-80-82=241); T48. Sian Reddick (80-86-78=244)
Final Results: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=1111