Women’s golf finishes seventh in first tournament

The women’s golf team finished seventh at the UIndy Fall Invitational.

The women’s golf team finished seventh at the UIndy Fall Invitational.

The Sonoma State University women’s golf team placed seventh in a strong showing last week in their first tournament of the 2015-16 season.
Five of the best golfers the Lady Seawolves had to offer were flown to Carmel, Indiana to compete against 15 other schools at The Prairie View Golf Club in a tournament hosted by the University of Indianapolis.  
Going into the tournament, the Lady Seawolves were seeded as followed: Alexis Hayes as the top overall seed, Sarah Rotter (2), Hayley Whitbeck (3), Erin Martens (4), and Mary Katherine Ingram (5); however, it was the third seeded Hayley Whitbeck who finished with the best overall score on the team, shooting a 154.  
Whitbeck, shooting a 154 score over two rounds played, including a 76 in her final round,  finished tied for 11th place overall, which was only 10 strokes back of the overall winner Annika Haynes of Indianapolis.  
Whitbeck’s performance earned her the athlete of the week honors on the Sonoma State University athletics website, sonomaseawolves.com.
While Whitbeck shined, the rest of the Seawolves put up strong performances as well. Rotter and Hayes both put up a score of 159, and tied for 31 overall.  
Martens finished 53 with a score of 164, while Mary Ingram, playing in her first collegiate tournament, finished 66 with a final score of 168.  
Overall, the combined score of the competitors added up to 636 over the course of the tournament, well enough for seventh place out of 16 teams, 37 strokes behind the winner of the tournament, host team University of Indianapolis.
“I’m proud of our girls,” said senior golfer Abby Marina. “I think we played well and showed a lot of promise for our upcoming season.  We can only get better from this point forward.”
Look for the Seawolves to build on their momentum and capture a team victory as they compete in an NCAA Preview tournament next week put on by Golfscrimmages.com in Aurora, Colorado on Monday, Sept. 28.