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Rollins Finishes Princeton Invitational Third

Sehar Atwal
Sehar Atwal

PRINCETON, N.J. (October 1, 2017) – Rollins posted another stellar round Sunday and closed the season-opening Princeton Invitational in third place.


Rollins recorded scores of 309-307 on Saturday and came back with a 16-over 304 final round to finish with a 56-over score of 920. The Tars were just one stroke behind runner-up Harvard (309-304-306) and 15 back of winner Georgetown (308-301-256). Princeton was fourth with 923 strokes while Seaton Hall took fifth (923).

Rollins was the lone non-Division I school in the field that consisted of six Ivy League schools.

"I'm proud of the team and their resilience in all aspects," said head coach Julie Garner. "It's tough to start the year with a week and a half gone due to the hurricane. We didn't have many rounds under our belts and the rustiness showed. We threw some shots away, but they fought hard and hung in there. We lost some steam down the stretch today as I think they got a bit tired."

Round one leader Seher Atwal led the Tars, tying for third with a six-over par 224. The sophomore turned in rounds of 72-75 on Saturday and closed with another solid round of 75. She was two-under after six holes and sat at one-under after 15. She stumbled to a bogey-double-bogey finish on the final three holes, but still posted the best finish of her collegiate career and third top-five.

"We are thrilled for Seher and her consistent play this week, and there are many other bright spots."

Madison Lellyo got her senior season started on an upswing, finishing tied for 10th with an 11-over 227. The Orlando native came into the day 11th after shooting identical 76's to open play Saturday. She was one-better on Sunday, firing a three-over 75, highlighted by two birdies on the front nine.

Fellow senior Lexie Toth jumped three spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 30th with a 19-over score of 235. She carded scores of 83-75-77 on the weekend and put up a red umber three-times Sunday.

Freshman Sophie Faulkner tied for 41st place with a 22-over 238 (80-81-77) and sophomore Selin Timur was two-shots back with a 24-over 240 (81-81-78).

"We will return home, rest for a bit and then get ready for a busy October," added Garner.

The Tars will next be in action Oct. 9-10 at the GolfRank Invitational at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.