STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (September 23, 2018) – Playing against one of the tougher fields it will see all season, Rollins women's golf opened the year on a high note with a 10th place finish at the Nittany Lion Invitational.
Host Penn State and Washington tied for the team title with both schools posting even par scores of 864. Sunday turned into a shootout as the Nittany Lions shot nine-under and the Huskies five-under.
Rutgers (+15) was third and Seton Hall (+21) took fourth. Xavier and Navy tied for fifth with 30-over scores of 894. The field featured 15 Division I teams and the Division II Tars.
Rollins started the event in 13th with an opening round 314 and moved up a few spots into 11th with a second round 301. On Sunday, the Tars finished with a 305 and jumped one more place on the leaderboard into 10th.
"We tried to make a run today and move up a couple more spots but we faded a bit at the end," said Rollins Director of Golf and Head Coach Julie Garner. "We had some self-inflicted wounds like three-putts and course management mistakes. But it's great to get a tournament under our belt and get the season started for real."
Seher Atwal led the Tars, tying for 21st in the 90-player field at seven-over par (223). The junior entered the final day with scores of 75-74 on Saturday and closed with a two-over 74 on Sunday. She was very solid on the back-nine, playing it at two-under with a pair of birdies on the day.
Selin Timur and Jennifer Jung both posted 15-over scores of 231 and tied for 51st. Timur dropped strokes each round, carding scores of 81-77-73 over the weekend. She finished very strong, posting birdies on two of her final four holes and played the front-nine at one-under. Jung shot 80-74-77 for a solid start to her collegiate career.
"This event gives us a baseline for improvement in our scoring, and we will start in earnest on our game plans for that before we leave for Princeton early Friday morning," added Garner. "Many positives to take away with us from this tournament. Looking forward to the next!"
The Tars are back up north Sept. 29-30 for the Princeton Invitational in at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, New Jersey for their second event of the fall season.