Women's Golf Finishes Eighth at Hoya Invitational

Hoya Invitational Final Results (PDF)

BEALLSVILLE, Md. - The Penn women’s golf team finished eighth out of 15 schools at the Hoya Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at The Members Club at Four Streams.

The Quakers shot 329-323-323--975 over three rounds and two days, finishing one stroke shy of seventh-place Richmond and 10 strokes ahead of ninth-place St. John’s. Among Ivy League teams, Princeton was second at 941, while Columbia was sixth at 971.

Nova Southeastern, the No. 1 team in the country at the Division II level, posted a first round score of 10-over par 298 on Monday and capped off the tournament with a 20-over par 308 on Tuesday afternoon, finishing 25 strokes ahead of Princeton.The College of William & Mary placed third at 86-over par 950, followed by Rollins College in fourth at 88-over par 952 and host Georgetown was fifth at 102-over par 966.

Junior Lisette Vitter ended up as Penn’s low scorer, going 83-78-77--238 to tie for 14th overall. Freshman Tiffany Cheung was also a top-20 finisher, tying for 19th with 83-77-80--240. Junior Catherine Elliott tied for 34th overall (81-83-83--247) and classmate Meredith Kotowski tied for 40th (82-85-83-250). Sophomore Michelle Winters (93-91-98--282) rounded out Penn’s contingent.

Maria Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern took home medalist honors as she led from start to finish. Garcia Austt fired an opening round 2-under par 70 during windy and cold conditions on Monday and held on to top the field of 77 golfers with a 7-over par 223. She finished one stroke ahead of Joanna Coe of Rollins (8-over par 224), who tied for the tournament best with a 2-under par 70 in Tuesday’s third round.

The Sharks put three individuals among the top-10 and four among the top-15. Sandra Changkija finished in third place at 9-over par 225, while Nicole Whitmore tied for sixth place at 16-over par 232 and Taylor Collins tied for 11th place at 20-over par 236.

Penn is now off until the Columbia Invitational, which will take place April 17-18 in Suffern, N.Y. That will be the Quakers’ last tournament before the Ivy League Championships, which will run from April 24-26 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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