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Women’s golf team finish 11th at LPGA Xavier Invitational in Daytona Beach, Florida
This past weekend- while most of UAB’s students went home to visit their parents, caught up on studying, or maybe just caught up on their sleep- our UAB women’s golf team headed down South to Daytona Beach, Florida for the LPGA Xavier Invitational at the LPGA International Golf Course. Although the wind was working against these ladies held strong and shot a 337 in the second round.
The Blazer’s total through two rounds was 666, ranking them in 11th place going into the third round on Sunday morning.
As a team, the Blazers shot a total of 329 on Friday and 337 on Saturday. Before Sunday, the Florida Gulf Coast led the field with a total score of 618 after they finished Saturday’s round with a tournament low of 308. On Saturday, Old Dominion also shot a 308 that moved them up the leader board to second place with a 620. However, Mercer rounded out the top three teams with a 316 for Saturday and a total of 628.
Head coach Kim Wilcox reported on Saturday from the tournament, “The wind was blowing pretty steady all day as well so that was a challenge. We just look forward to getting back out tomorrow and playing better than we did today.”
The first round of the tournament on Friday was led by sophomore, Margaret Yeh. Yeh picked up right where she left off nearly a month ago in the season opener. On Friday, Yeh turned in her first-ever top 10 finish in her last time out at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. This time she fires an 8-over 80 on the par-72, 6,178-yard course to place her tied for twenty-third after the first round. UAB junior, Caitlin Watts and Senior Lindsey Gipson followed behind both ties for 37th after carding a 10-over 82.
Sophomore Holly Robinson completes a 13-over 85 round to finish tied for 52th and round out the UAB scoring. Freshman Jessica Rouillard finished 69th with a 20-over 92.
On Saturday, Watts was the lowest shooter for UAB. She turned in a 7-over 79 on the par-72, 6,178-yard course. Watts was in 37th place after the first day, and she was one of the two Blazers who improved their placing after the second round. Going into Sunday, Watts was tied for 28th in the field at 17-over par 161.
Yeh on the other hand finished a 12-over round for an 84 on the card on Saturday and was tied place for 39th overall at 20-over. Holly Robinson and Lindsey Gipson both rounded out the scoring for the UAB Blazers. They both completed 16-over rounds of 88. On Saturday, Robinson was tied for 61st at 29-over par and Gipson was tired for 53rd at 26-over par.
Jessica Rouillard was the second of the two Blazers to improve her placing after the second round. She was in 66th after shooting a 14-over 86, which moved her up three spots from Friday. Saturday’s reports showed her as 34-over par for the tournament.
UAB was still faring well on Saturday in the par-5 scoring, averaging 5.50 strokes on each par-5 to rank seventh on the field.
However, Saturday’s results are the end. The Blazer’s hit the course again for the final round on Sunday at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The Blazer’s were paired with Louisiana-Monroe and South Dakota State.
“Today was much better other than a few bad holes for us,” head coach Kim Wilcox said. “The girls played much better and seemed to have a lot more confidence on the course today. We all feel much more confident heading into next week’s tournament in Memphis.”
UAB shot a 30 over which put them among the top groups that went into play on Sunday. Yeh was once again the bright spot as she posted a 5 over 77 for Sunday. The sophomore finish tied for 30th in the tournament. The women’s team finished 11th out of the 14 that competed. She posted another team best in the previous tournament this season- Great Smokies Intercollegiate- where she placed ninth individually out of 83 competitors. She will look to continue her success as she has carried the team thus far.
The women’s golf team will return to action this weekend as they head to Memphis to take part in the Fed Ex women’s intercollegiate. The women’s team will look to build on Sundays good performance moving forward.
This will be the last tournament before UAB hosts the Fall Beach Blast, which will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala.