Sept. 19, 2006
(Lubbock, Texas) - After a challenging final round on the Rawls Course at the 2006 Jeannine McHaney Intercollegiate, USF women's golf finished tied for second place at 881 (291, 291, 299) with TCU (298, 297, 286), only three strokes out of first place. Freshman Christina Stockton carded the lowest score for the Dons in the final round, a two-under 70. Stockton was USF's top finisher in fifth place with a one-under 215 (72, 73, 70).
"Overall, I am pleased, but not satisfied. We all wanted the win, but I feel really good about the golfers on this team. It is a great feeling to have Christina step up for the team and get some work done as a freshman," head coach Josh Cupp said.
Two more USF golfers finished in the top-15 individually. Senior Kristin Nichols was a steady threat for the Green and Gold, posting a new personal 54-hole tournament low with a 219 (73, 72, 74), good for a share of ninth place. Junior Jessica Potter was the next best finisher for the Dons, tied for 14th place at 222 (73, 70, 79).
"I am extremely proud of Kristin. She went out on the course and played a gutsy, yet consistent game for the team," Cupp said.
After finishing day one in a first place tie with San Francisco, SMU was able to pull ahead and solely earn first place honors with a 878 (292, 290, 296). Oklahoma placed fourth at 884 (301, 288, 295) and Mississippi rounded out the top-five at 892 (301, 288, 295). Arkansas-Little Rock's Sara Wikstrom earned the individual title at 207 (69, 71, 67).
In just their second event of the 2006 Fall Season, the Dons showed dramatic improvement. Last week USF finished tied for ninth at 905 (303, 301, 301) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational held September 11 and 12, 16 shots behind fourth place TCU at 889. The most recent college rankings, published September 18 at golfweek.com, placed USF in the No. 46 spot behind No. 23 TCU.
USF's three round tally of 881 was the lowest turned in during a 54-hole tournament since the Dons shot an 875 (283, 291, 301) at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, September 9-10, 2003.
San Francisco returns to action when it competes in the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington at the Sahalee Country Club Monday, October 9 to Tuesday, October 10.
USF INDIVIDUAL SCOREST 2 San Francisco, U. of 291 291 299 8815 Christina Stockton 72 73 70 215T 9 Kristin Nichols 73 72 74 219T 14 Jessica Potter 73 70 79 222T 48 Casey Gee 73 76 84 233T 64 Chaneng Joe 80 82 76 238