Women¡¯s Golf Strong in First Two Rounds of Spring Opener
University Park, Pa., March 21, 2006 - The Penn State women¡¯s golf team finished day one of their opening spring tournamentt in fourth place at the Anteater Invitational, hosted by the University of California Irvine. The invitational is being held at the Santa Ana Country Club in Santa Ana, Calif.
After two rounds, the Nittany Lions have a stroke count of 652 (325-327). Brigham Young University leads the eight-team spread with 630, followed by UC-Irvine in second at 639. University of Nevada is just four shots ahead of Penn State, holding onto third with 648.
Team co-captain Amber Weinerth (Auburn, NY) is setting the pace for the Lions with a two round score of 79-78-157. She is tied with UC-Irvine¡¯s Jane Chin and was one of the three golfers to shoot under 80 in both rounds on Monday. After a stellar fall season, Weinerth is ranked 117th in the country by Golf Week.
Competing as an individual, senior Katrin Wolfe (Johnstown, Pa.) finished 36-holes tied at seventh, with fellow golfers Kelly Burke (UN) and Carling Cho (UCI). Wolfe shot an 86 in the first round, but went on to improve by 13 strokes, carding a 73 in the second. The latter round is one of her best from this year as she continues to show great strength and improvement throughout the season.
Junior standout Maggie Lester (Oswego, NY), ranked 107th by Golf Week, also shot well on day one. She finished tied for 13th with a two-round score of 82-80-162. Co-captain Lauren Lundy (Wayne, Pa.) and teammate Evelyn Paik (Toronto, Ontario) also tied; both closed the day in 23rd place with a 167 total. Sophmore transfer, Sara Lester (Walnut Creek, Calif.) rounded out the top golfers for Penn State, finishing her day in 28th, with a score of 170.
The Penn State women¡¯s golf squad finished their fall season ranked 40th in the nation and spent spring break in Ireland, playing an inter-squad tournament. A travel journal written by the Lions will be posted soon, along with photos, detailing some of their adventures and experiences during their seven day trip.
The final day of the Anteater Invitational, Tuesday, March 21, has a tee time of 7:30 am (Pacific) and includes one round of 18 holes.
To see more results, read the travel log or learn more about Penn State women¡¯s golf, please visit www.gopsusports.com. If you would like to learn more about the UC-Irvine Anteater Invitational, please go to www.wgolf.uci.edu.