Record-Courier staff report
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Four Golden Flashes placed in the top 15 to lead the Kent State women's golf team to the championship Tuesday at the 20th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle's Landing Country Club with a 14-over 931 (311-318-302).
Old Dominion finished 11 strokes behind Kent State with a 942, followed by James Madison and Georgia State's 945 for third place.
"The women played a great round of gold today in some very tough conditions," said Kent State associate head coach Rob Wakeling. "To have the low round of the day by 12 shots in any tournament, let alone the final round, is something real special."
Kent State junior Jennifer Ha carded a tournament low 1-under 71 in the final round Tuesday to move up the leaderboard and into second place. The Calgary, Alberta, native completed the tournament with a 54-hole score of 226 (74-81-71).
"Jennifer was spectacular today as she beat the field by three shots," said Wakeling. "She has been working hard on her game and it is great to see it pay off for her."
Junior Erin Hawe and Josee Doyon earned sixth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively. Hawe fired off a 79 in her final round to tally a 54-hole score of 234, and Doyon moved up in the rankings after shooting 4-over 76 for a score of 236.
"We spoke in a meeting last night and asked Jennifer and Josee to step up their games and they did," said Wakeling. "Josee played her last seven holes even par, as did Natalie. Natalie's final round was fantastic as she shot 76 with a triple -bogey. The girls knew where they stood all day and they really responded to the pressure of trying to win a college tournament."
KSU's Natalie Goodson completed the final round with a 4-over 76 to finish in 15th with a 239, and Jackie Yanch carded a 243 to finish 32nd. Playing individually, Brynn Schumacher recorded a 92 in the final round for a 278 total.