In recent past, the Bowling Green State University women's golf team has made the most of opening their season at the Redbird Invitational, and this year was no different. Opening their 2013-14 season at the Redbird Invitational for the third consecutive season, the Falcons tied for third-place as Lily Bartell played one of the best tournaments in team history.
Playing at Weibring Golf Club, the Orange and Brown totaled a team score of 39-over 903 (293-302-308), which was one of the best rounds ever eighth year head coach Stephanie Young has coached.
Bartell carded an even 216 (69-71-76), which is the second-best 54-hole tournament score to only Susy Grunden's 210 in the 2010-11 North Texas Fall Classic. However, Bartell's 54-hole score was
not enough to win medalist honors, falling one stroke short, coming in a respectable second-place overall.
The sophomore entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over the eventual medalist Jenna Hague of Mid-American Conference foe Ball State. Bartell started the final round by making par on five of her first nine holes. Making the turn, Bartell entered the back nine where she was a combined 3-under par yesterday (Monday, Sept. 8), and she started hot once again. Bartell birdied the 10th hole before finishing even on the side for a 4-over 76 in her final round.
Freshman Mikayla Baer, who competed in her first collegiate tournament, finished with a team-low 2-over 74 on the day, rebounding from two straight rounds of 79 a day ago. Baer started her final round 1-under through seven holes after making birdie on the par-5 6th. Baer went on to par eight of her final 11 holes. Baeir finished the tournament with a card of 16-over 232 (79-79-74), finishing in a tie for 27th overall.
Junior Patricia Holt finished her tournament tied for 20th overall with a tournament total of 13-over 229 (74-77-78). Holt began the tournament with an opening round 74, tying her career-low.
Shelby Wilson and Hannah Lewis completed the Falcons team of five. Wilson finished the tournament with an 18-over 234 (75-79-80), finishing tied for 34th place. Lewis, who came off a career-best 36-hole mark of 150 (75-75), finished her tournament with an 8-over 80, placing tied for 22nd.
Overall, the MAC had a strong showing in the tournament as three of the five teams finished third or better. University of Toledo defended their championship, placing first with a team score of 890, while Ball State finished third behind BGSU with a team score of 903. Host Illinois State finished in fourth-place, posting a team score of 908.
The Orange and Brown will tee off next on Mon. Sept. 16 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Cullowhee, NC.