April 15, 2013
ST. LOUIS - The Grand Valley State women's golf team turned in a dominating performance on the final day of competition at the Triton Spring Invite on Monday (Apr. 16), shooting the best team round of the day by 13 strokes to win the tournament.
Leading the way, and also turning in an impressive performance, was sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich./Chippewa Valley). Hartigan, who led the tournament after a first round 74, bettered that score with a final round 73 to card a 147 (+7) total for the tournament, earning her medalist honors by a convincing six strokes.
Junior Veronica Ryan (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) turned in a final round 78 to finish at 157 (+17) for the tournament and in fourth place.
Freshman Gabrielle Shipley (Hastings, Mich.) improved on her first round score by three strokes, carding a 79 in the second round to finish at 161 (+21) and in 10th on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Cassady Kauble (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) made the biggest improvement between rounds, turning in a final round score of 81, a nine-stroke improvement of her first round score and the biggest catalyst behind the Lakers' impressive team score today. Her 171 (+31) total put her in a tie for 26th for the tournament.
Senior Marni Weinstein (Farmington Hills, Mich./Walled Lake Western) had a second round 87 to also finish at 171 and in a tie for 26th.
The final Laker, playing as an individual, also finished in a tie for 26th, as sophomore Molly Esordi (Grosse Ile, Mich.) turned in a final round 86 to finish at 171.
GVSU finished the tournament with a two round total of 630, easily outdistancing Northeastern State in second, who put up a final score of 643. Missouri-St. Louis (649), Drury (652) and Southern Indiana (666) rounded out the top five.
The Lakers will be back on the course this weekend as they take part in the Northwood Invite at Currie G.C. in Midland, Mich. this Saturday (Apr. 20) and Sunday (Apr. 21).