March 4, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - The Grand Valley State women's golf team had a promising start to the spring season, overcoming a seven-shot deficit to win the Las Vegas Desert Classic at Revere Golf Club. The Lakers shot a team round of 310, the best round of the tournament by any school, to win the event by four strokes.
The Lakers trailed Midwestern State by seven strokes after round one, but GVSU's 310 paired with Midwestern State duplicating a 321 team score for the second straight round gave the Lakers a victory in their first tournament of the spring.
Sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich.) carded her second 79 (+7) of the tournament to finish at 158 (+14) and in a tie for second on the individual leaderboard. She trailed only Midwestern State's Taylor Klutts, who shot a 78 in the final round to finish at 157 (+13) for the tournament.
Senior Marni Weinstein (Farmington Hills, Mich.) tallied a 78 (+6) on day two to finish at 159 (+15) for the tournament and in fourth place, her third straight top five finish of the year.
Junior Veronica Ryan (Dallas, Texas) shot the best round of the day for GVSU, turning in a 76 (+4) to finish at 160 (+16) for the tournament and in a tie for fifth place, her best result of the 2012-13 year.
The biggest improvement between rounds came from freshman Gabrielle Shipley (Hastings, Mich.), who improved on her day one score of 84 to shoot 77 (+5) in the final round and finish in seventh with a two-round total of 161 (+17).
The final Laker was junior Cassady Kauble (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who finished out her tournament with a two-round score of 179 and in a tie for 41st.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Molly Esordi (Grosse Ile, Mich.) shot a final round 87 to finish at 182 for the tournament and in a tie for 46th.
The Lakers won the tournament with a two-round score of 638, while Midwestern State finished at 642. Rounding out the top five was Lewis-Clark State (662), Indianapolis (666) and Missouri-St. Louis (678).
GVSU's next tournament will be on March 23rd and 24th, when the Lakers travel to the Perry Park Spring Fling in Carrollton, Ky.