University Park, Pa. – The Rutgers women's golf team finished eighth with a 948 (315-316-317) score at the Nittany Lion Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, on the Penn State Golf Course. Sophomore Jeanne Waters (West Sayville, N.Y.) paced RU with a 17-over 233 (75-76-82) to finish tied for 22nd in the 80-player field.
Fourteen teams competed in the event, played on the par 72, 6,288-yard blue course. Two rounds were contested on Saturday, with the third and final round played on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights were tied for ninth place after day one.
Freshman Lizzy Carl (Mendota Heights, Minn.) continued her strong play as a rookie, carding a 236 (78-78-80) to finish tied for 32nd. Sophomore Daley Owens (Taylorsville, Utah) steadily improved in the Invitational, shooting a 75 on Sunday to place tied for 47th with a 241 (90-77-75). Freshmen Kristina Lee (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Kirsten Day (Alhambra, Calif.) rounded out the team scorecard, totaling 245 and 255, respectively. For the second consecutive event, RU's starting five was comprised of three true freshmen and a pair of second-year sophomores.
William and Mary claimed the team title with a final score of 909 (297- 305- 307). Host Penn State (921), Longwood (928), Ball State (930) and Princeton (932) rounded out the top five. Callie Kemmer, competing as an individual for Yale, captured the trophy with a 220 effort, four strokes better than second place Sara Ovadia of Columbia
Rutgers, under the leadership of head coach Maura Ballard, returns to the links to compete at the Princeton Invitational next weekend, September 20-21.