COLUMBIA, Mo. -
The Indiana women's golf team posted a top-10 finish for the third time in as many events this season, placing tied for fourth at the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.
The Hoosiers posted a 297 on Tuesday to finish at 893 (301-295-297). SMU won the 19-team tournament (876), followed by Missouri (885), Kansas State (888), Florida International (893) and Indiana.
We started the round well and were in a position to post a strong round but we didn't quite finish," said head coach Clint Wallman. "I was pleased with our play at the tournament given that we did not have our best stuff and still managed a top-five finish."
Competing in her first major tournament of the year, senior Rosie Davies posted a top-10 finish, placing tied for eighth with a 219 (73-71-75). Davies was 3-over after the first 10 holes but had a strong stretch from 14-17 with birdies on 14, 15 and 17. She remained at even par until hitting the first hole, where she closed the round with bogeys on holes one, two and three.
Freshman Marissa DeCola added a second top-20 finish to her resume this season coming in at tied for 13th with a score of 221 (75-72-74). After carding bogeys on four of the first eight holes, DeCola bounced back to go 2-under for the final 10 holes, including birdies on 13 and 17.
Graduate student Kristen Schelling posted her lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday, coming up with a 73 to finish tied for 36th (75-80-73/228). Shelling had four birdies on the day and was sitting in a good position at -2 after 14 holes. A bogey on hole one still left her at 1-under, but a double bogey on the par-4 third hole put her at 1-over for the round.
After a solid even-par 72 in round two, senior Kate Coons could not find a groove in Tuesday's final round, posting an 81 to finish tied for 47th (78-72-81/231). Coons bogeyed five of the first seven holes and was six over before notching her only birdie of the round on the par-4 17th hole. She stumbled down the stretch with back-to-back double bogeys on two and three, before posting par on hole four to end the round.
After a rough first day, sophomore Elizabeth Tong moved up 20 spots in the individual rankings to place tied for 66th with a score of 238 (82-81-75). Tong's final-round 75 came close to a clean sheet with 15 holes of par.
Junior Sophie Hayashi rounded out the lineup playing in an individual slot, finishing tied for 83rd (77-86-82/245). Hayashi was 1-under after seven holes thanks to birdies on 17, three and five, but bogeys on nine of the final 11 holes, including double bogeys on 10 and 15, left her at 9-over for the day.