Women’s golf places fourth

The Wichita State women’s golf team tied a school record by carding a 900 in 54 holes and finished fourth overall in the 2014 Chip-N-Club Invitational held in Lincoln, Neb.

Head coach Tom McCurdy said “the wind was howling yesterday,” but the team came into the final day of play in second place and WSU sophomore Samantha Stewart was in the lead.

“This is a great start,” McCurdy said. “Next tournament, the field will be much stronger. The more we get in tournaments with better teams, the more comfortable we’ll get.”

After posting a personal best of 71 the first round and tying her previous low of 73 the second round, Stewart finished the third round of play with a 79 tying her in 10th place and an overall score of 223 strokes.

Her 54-hole score of 223 topped last year’s performance at the Chip-N-Club Invitational by six strokes.

The finish also gave her the second top-10 finish of her career at WSU.

“She had a couple bad holes,” McCurdy said. “When I was with her, [she showed] great sign of her development as a player.

She’s still mentally in a good place and had a good attitude.”

Junior golfer Meghan Schuetz put in the best score of all the Shockers tying her in eighth place overall.

Schuetz shot a first round 74, second round 76 and third round 72.

She finished one shot ahead of Stewart with an overall score of 222 and five shots behind first place.

Freshman Taryn Torgerson finished tied 19th with an overall score of 229. Junior Bryce Schroeder finished tied 28th with an overall score of 233.

Senior Alejandra Arellano tied for 35th with an overall score of 235. Junior Daniela Rugeles finished tied 39th with an overall score of 236 and junior Madison Murphy finished 58th with an overall score of 257.

WSU sophomore Maria Villalobos withdrew from action the final day after suffering a right forearm strain, which made it pretty much impossible for her to grip a club, McCurdy said. Trainers will evaluate the strain and see how serious the possible injury is.

The women’s golf team next match will be in The Johnie Imes tournament at Old Hawthorne Golf Club in Columbia, Mo. starting Sept. 29.