Sounds Like a Broken Record; Women’s Golf Wins Third Consecutive Tournament
Conover, N.C. – Lynn University’s women’s golf team concluded its amazing fall season with its third consecutive tournament victory, this time over a 14-team field at the NCAA Division II Preview. The Fighting Knights shot the second-lowest team round in program history en route to shattering the school’s 36-hole record by 17 strokes. All five starters finished in the top-10 either by breaking or tying their previous career-best totals while Samantha Smolen topped the previous individual school record she had set earlier this year.
This marks the 12th tournament win for Lynn under head coach Danny Randolph and the 55th of his career. The Fighting Knights notched the most successful fall season in program history, with three first place and one second place finish. Lynn’s 2006-07 squad earned three victories and a third place finish while the 2005-06 team won both tournaments they appeared in but had two tournaments cancelled due to hurricanes.
Smolen is now the owner of the three of the four lowest 36-hole totals in school: 142 set at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate on February 3, 2013; 139 set at the Guy Harvey Invitational on October 8, 2013; and now a 138 at the Division II Preview. Her two previous low scores earned her first place finishes but the junior out of Lake Worth, Fla., took second place today.
Louis Manalo bested her previous total by three shots after tying for third with a 70-71=141 score. She now has the third-lowest 36-hole total in LU history. Both Manalo and Smolen garnered All-Tournament recognition for placing in the top-five.
Jessica Bradley posted a two-over par 73 on the final day to finish with a score of 143, beating her low by one stroke, to place sixth. Just a shot behind was Irene Calvo, also topping her previous career-best score by one stroke, as she claimed a share of seventh individually. And not to be outdone by her teammates, Ellen Chambers tied her 36-hole mark with a 147, tying for ninth.
Lynn pulled away from the field at the 5,865-yard, par 71 Rock Barn Country Club course with an even par team score of 284. The Blue & White finished play three-under 565 overall. Tarleton State easily took second with a 573, 19 shots ahead of Central Oklahoma (592). Dallas Baptist (595) was the last team to finish under 600 while Columbus State (621) held on for fifth place ahead by five strokes.
The Fighting Knights eagerly await the start of the spring season when they take to the links on Sunday, February 9, at the World Golf Invitational in St. Augustine, Fla., at the Slammer and Squire course. Fans can read up on the women’s golf team at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.