The Jackrabbit women’s team struggled with inconsistency during the Chip-n-Club Invitational in Nebraska, finishing 13th out of 14 teams with a two-day score of 959 (+95).
“The first round really killed us,” head coach Jared Baszler said. “We played much better the second round. I think that’s what we’re capable of – and then some.”
Leading the Jacks was Brittany Hanten, who finished with a career-low total of 237 (+21), notching second and third-round 78’s – also career lows.
“It was good to see Brittany put three solid rounds together,” Baszler said. “We counted her score every round, and that’s not something we could have said last year.”
Hanten was the only Jackrabbit in the top-50, unlike tournament winner Missouri, who had three golfers finish tied for 4th with totals of 217 (+1).
However, it was North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson’s 210 (-6) that clinched first place.
Freshman Morgan Fitts finished tied for 61st with a three-round total of 242 (+26) in her first collegiate appearance.
“For it being her first tournament as a freshman, Morgan didn’t waste her opportunities,” Baszler said.
Rebecca Swords tied for 52nd with a 54-hole career-low 239 (+23), while junior Sydney Sturdevant scored a 241 (+25), finishing 60th in the tournament.
Juniors Abby Freehan and Whitney Schrader rounded out the Jack’s scorecard with a 255 (+39) and 256 (+40) respectively.
The women’s team, whose score tied for fifth-best in school history, will attempt to correct its inconsistency issues at the Payne Stewart Memorial on September 21 to 22 in Springfield, Mo.