PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women's golf team finished the Rutgers Invitational in a three-way tie for 5th place with a team total of 666 (336-330). University of South Carolina-Upstate (344-322) and Bucknell University (341-325) also finished at 666.
"Our team as a whole is showing great improvement," said head coach Maura Ballard. "We are getting more consistent as the season continues. Our goal for this tournament was to be in the top five and we reached that goal."
Bethune-Cookman College finished in first place with a 624 team total (318-306). Yale University tallied 633 (329-304) for second place while St. John's University was third with a team total of 642 (337-305).
Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was Terry Grandis (East Patchogue, N.Y.), who tied for 19th place with a 162 (82-80). Lauren Huhnerkoch (Burnsville, Minn.) continued to play well, finishing in a tie for 24th place with a 164 (81-83). Jeanne Waters (West Sayville, N.Y.) also shot a 164 (84-80), while Jen Rudy (Berlin, Conn.) carded a 177 (90-87). Daley Owens (Taylorsville, Utah) rounded out the scoring for RU with a 178 (89-89).
Individually for Rutgers, Stephanie Yastrub (Lake Grove, N.Y.) tallied a 183 (96-87) while Ellen Speace (Narvon, Pa.) finished at 191 (95-96).
"I was very pleased with how everyone played," said Ballard. "I was especially happy with how the freshman performed. Waters and Brandis both shot 80 today, and I am very excited to see their improvement."
Ellie Brophy of Yale took first place individually with a total of 150 (76-74). Brittany Lambertson of St. John's carded a 151 (77-74) for second place while Kim Wong of Bethune-Cookman tallied a 154 (80-74), good enough for third place.
"The Rutgers Invitational was a great success," said Ballard. "Eighteen teams is the most we have ever had attend. We had good talent participating, and I was happy with how everything worked out."
The RU golf course was designed by Hal Purdy and is located on the Busch Campus. Picturesque and tree-lined, it offers a challenging layout. Highlights include narrow fairways, fast greens, and water hazards on nine holes.
The women's golf squad returns to action on Friday, Oct. 19, for the Pro/Co Am Fundraiser at the RU Golf Course.