Oct. 8, 2012
FINDLAY, Ohio - The Grand Valley State women's golf team nearly pulled off the comeback on Monday (Oct. 8) afternoon, falling just one stroke short at the Bing-Beall Classic at the Findlay Country Club behind the medalist honors of sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich./Chippewa Valley).
Hartigan followed up her first-round 73 (+1) with a second round even-par 72, giving her the two best individual rounds of the entire tournament. Hartigan easily ran away with medalist honors with her 145 (+1) total, outdistancing the second-place golfer by six strokes.
Senior Marni Weinstein (Farmington Hills, Mich./Walled Lake Western) shot a final-round 76 (+4) on monday, giving her a 154 (+10) total for the tournament and a spot in the top five of the individual standings as she tied for fourth.
Freshman Gabrielle Shipley (Hastings, Mich.) rebounded from an opening round 80 (+8) to shoot a 77 (+5) on the final day of competition for a 157 (+13) total and a tie for 12th place.
Sophomore Molly Esordi (Grosse Ile, Mich.) continued her improved play, carding her second 81 (+9) of the tournament to finish at 162 (+18) for the contest and in a tie for 20th on the leaderboard.
Also golfing but not having her score counted was junior Cassady Kauble (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who shot a final-round 88 (+16) to finish at 172 (+28) and in a tie for 40th.
Junior Veronica Ryan (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) had an impressive tournament as an individual, finishing in a tie for 15th after shooting a final-round 81 (+9) to finish at 158 (+14) for the tournament, the best individual score.
GVSU trailed by seven strokes in the team competition going in to the final round and nearly erased the deficit, shooting a team score of 306 on Monday to pair with its 312 on Sunday to finish at 618. Unfortunately, Ferris State was barely able to hold on, shooting a 312 on Monday to combine with its 305 score on Sunday to finish at 617 to win the tournament.
Ashland (642), Findlay (644) and Wheeling Jesuit (647) rounded out the top five.
It is the second straight year that a Laker has won medalist honors at the Bing-Beall Classic as Hartigan's win follows last year's victory by Sarah Hoffman, who shot a 147 (+3) to win the tournament.
This tournament wraps up the fall season for the Laker women's golf team as they will head indoors for the winter and prepare for the spring schedule that will be available soon.