ASU women's golf finishes 9th at Lady Buckeye Invite

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Augusta State dealt with demanding course conditions again on Sunday and settled for a ninth-place finish in the 33rd Annual Lady Buckeye Invitational at The Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course.

Playing in their last event of the regular season, the Lady Jaguars combined for a 317 (+29) in the play-six, count-four format. ASU finished in ninth place in the 12-team field after beginning the day in eighth place. The Lady Jags were fifth after Saturday's opening round and only four shots back of 18-holer leader Penn State.

ASU senior Natalie Wille (75-79-78) once again paced the squad with a 6-over 78 and turned in the team's best finish with a tie for 13th at 232 (+16). Junior Casey Kennedy (79-77-78) matched Wille with a 78 and tied for 22nd at 234 (+18). Junior Christine Duschek-Hansen (79-80-79) tied for 37th, senior Julia Stalbro (78-79-82) tied for 40th and Marit Bjerke (80-82-86) was 55th while freshman Stephanie Bennett (83-84-86) tied for 63rd. Lady Jags' junior Shannon Pak (79-81-86), playing as an individual, tied for 49th.

Michigan State overtook overnight leader Purdue to claim the team title. The 27th-ranked Spartans were the only team to break 300 in the final round and finished seven shots clear of the No. 14 Boilermakers. Northwestern was third, tourney host Ohio State was fourth and Indiana finished fifth.

Purdue's Laura Gonzalez of Purdue managed a 75 and carded a three-shot victory over Ohio State's Amy Meier. Liz Nagel of Michigan State and Kent State's Jennifer Ha tied for third, while Purdue teammates Aurora Kan and Paula Reto tied for fifth.

The field, which featured nine programs from the Big Ten Conference, included ASU, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kent State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.

Complete, full-field tournament results are available at the following link:

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