Sept. 17, 2012
LAKE ELMO, Minn. - The Grand Valley State women's golf team came up just short of a comeback on the final day of the Concordia Invitational, making up seven strokes on day two but finishing just four strokes out of first. Sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich./Chippewa Valley) captured medalist honors, though, tying the low round of the tournament with a final round 73 (+1).
Hartigan's final round 73, paired with her first round 76, gave her the tournament victory by only one stroke as she carded a two-round 149 (+5).
Freshman Gabrielle Shipley (Hastings, Mich.) had a successful collegiate debut, finishing in a tie for fourth on the individual leaderboard with a 154 (+10) total after a final round 78.
Junior Veronica Ryan (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) had the second-best round of the day for the Lakers with a 76 to finish at 155 (+11) for the tournament and in a tie for seventh.
Senior Marni Weinstein (Farmington Hills, Mich./Walled Lake Western) improved her final round score by four strokes, carding an 81 to finish at 166 (+22) for the tournament and in a tie for 26th. Sophomore Molly Esordi (Grosse Ile, Mich.) also showed improvement on day two, improving her first round score by five strokes to tally a final round 87.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Cassady Kauble (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) has an impressive showing, using a final round 80 to finish at 158 (+14) for the tournament and finish in the top 10 on the leaderboard.
After trailing by 11 strokes as a team following day one, the Lakers made a comeback but were unable to catch Augustana, who finished with a final round 315 for a two-round total of 620 (+44) to win the tournament. GVSU's 308 on day two was the second-best team round of the tournament as they finished at 624 (+48) and in second.
Nebraska-Omaha (641; +65), Concordia-St. Paul (653; +77) and Drury (658; +82) rounded out the top five.
GVSU will be back out on the course this weekend when the Lakers compete at the Wolverine Invitational at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday (Sept. 22) and Sunday (Sept. 23).