Pioneers Knock Off Four Top-25 Teams; Finish Sixth at Dick McGuire Invitational
Denver with best finish in years at 54-hole tournament
Sept. 12, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – The University of Denver women’s golf team dialed it up on Tuesday, jumping up two spots to take sixth at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. The Pioneers posted a three-round total of 878 (292-291-295), 14-over-par.
Par for the course was 72 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course.
The Crimson and Gold’s good day allowed them to finish ahead of four top-25 teams in the Golfweek preseason poll (No. 11 Texas, No. 14 Arizona, No. 22 California and No. 25 Pepperdine).
No. 24 Oklahoma State took home the team title with a score of 1-under 863, two strokes ahead of No.6 Northwestern.
“We had a great tournament,” interim head coach Kolton Lapa said. “I am super excited for all of the girls and very proud of Lauren and Sophie’s top-20 finishes. Camille came in really clutch for the team today. We really needed that even par from her and I am super excited for her and I know she is going to build a lot of confidence from today’s round.
“Overall, we beat some really good teams. I know this is only going to build the confidence going forward. That is all I am looking for, a confident group of girls who know they can win every event.”
Sophie Newlove made a jump on the final round of the tournament, finishing tied for 14th after shooting a 1-over 73 on the day.
Lauren Whyte wrapped up her tournament in a tie for 16th after going 3-over in her 18 holes on the afternoon.
Mary Weinstein closed out her tournament for DU tied for 39th after a 3-over performance in her final round of the two-day event.
Camille Enright bounced back in her last round, firing a team-low 72 for the round, putting her in a tie for 52nd.
Jessica Dreesbeimdieke ended her first tournament of the year in a tie for 74th.
Denver next will play host for the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sept. 25 in Wolcott, Colo.
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