Men’s and women’s golf teams place ninth in tourneys

The Eastern Michigan University women’s golf team finished ninth, in a field of 14, at the Nittany Lion Invitational, hosted by Penn State Sept. 27-29. The EMU men’s team also finished ninth, in a field of 12 at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course Sept. 29-30.

At the Nittany Lion Invitational, EMU finished ninth, and as a team scored a 921 (306-305-310).

Senior Corey Crossan led EMU with a 228 (79-71-78), good enough to finish tied for 25th place. Her second round score of 71 was a career best.

“She was solid from the tee to green,” EMU women’s golf coach Sandy Wagner said. “She has an advantage with her length, and there were a few reachable par fives, that she almost eagled! She led our team in scoring and really showed her leadership skills by having three rounds in the 70s.”

Freshman Kelsey Murphy finished her first round shooting a solid one-over 73, but shot back-to- back rounds of 79, finishing with an overall score of 231, good for 38th.

Redshirt sophomore Karyn Lee Ping (78 -81-74) and junior Sylvie Williams (76-77-80) tied for 43rd at 233, while redshirt junior Lois Schoof tied for 65th at 240 (83-78-79) and senior Usanee Laopattananont rounded out the Eagles team scoring a 250 (80-84-86).
“Karyn finished the tournament strong with a solid 74,” Wagner said. “Sylvie Williams continued to show consistency with her play as well. She is just beginning her collegiate career and learning a lot and it is fun to watch her enjoy herself on the course.”

Yale led the field after one round of play posting a score of 289.
With a push in the second and third round, Kent State would come back to take the top spot, scoring 288 and 291 respectively. Kent State had the two top scorers overall— junior Jennifer Ha who scored a 212 (70-72-70), and sophomore Josée Doyon with score of 216 (71-71-74).

Looking forward, the women’s golf team will head out to Fishers, Ind. Oct. 7-8, for the Mid-American Conference Preview.

“We need to work putting, chipping and choosing to hit the right shot around the greens,” Wagner said. “Once we sharpen up those skills we will be more prepared for the MAC Preview.”

At the Jack Nicklaus Invitational the EMU men’s team finished ninth overall, scoring a 904 (307-298-299)

Senior Brian Churchill-Smith shot the best individual score for EMU with a 220 (79-70-71). With a rocky first round, Churchill-Smith would stroke a 70 and 71 in rounds two and three repectivly, good for a tie for 19th.

Junior Michael Blair tied for 35th after shooting 226 (75-77-74). Sophomore Stuart Grehan shot a 229 (77-75-77) good for 40th.

Freshman Joseph Kremer finished tied for 47th with a score of 223 (76-79-78). Freshman Kyle Rodes rounded off the Eagles team to finish 51 with a 234 (81-76-77).

The University of California took home the top spot, well above the field finshing with a 842 (281-280-281), 19 strokes above second place finisher Oklahoma (861). California senior Brandon Hagy finished first overall with a score of 207 (71-67-69).

Looking Ahead:

The men’s golf team is back in action Oct. 7-8 at the Firestone Invitational with the University of Akron playing host.

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