SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s golf team shaved six shots off from its first to final round total as it moved up two spots and finished eighth at the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational Tuesday. A day after recording a team score of 333 (+47), the Regals improved to 327 during the second round and jumped Embry-Riddle and the University of Victoria (British Columbia) on the leaderboard.
McKay Weiler led the Regals with the low round of 78 (+8) Tuesday. The sophomore had three birdies on the front nine before reeling off eight straight fours on the back. Weiler’s two round total of 163 (+20) was good for 32nd place. Tying Weiler in the standings was her teammate Danika Cochiolo. The sophomore finished with a final round score of 85 to also give her a two-day total score of 163.
Following just behind Weiler was Jenna Gimbel, who shot an 83 (+13) during the final round. Gimbel recovered from a 45 on the front nine to close for a team-best 38 on the back. Her two-day total of 165 (+23) put her in tie for 38th place for the tournament.
Hannah Purdy improved her seven shots from her first round score, firing an 81 (+10) Tuesday. The junior transfer was consistent all day, shooting 41 on the front nine before closing with a 40 on the back. Purdy’s two-round final score of 169 (+26) was able to get in her in the top-50 of the 94-player field as she finished 45th.
Kelly Shotwell was the Regal that had the biggest improvement from day one to Tuesday’s final round, erasing nine shots and closing with an 88 (+17). Playing in her first spring tournament for CLU, Shotwell finished with a total score of 185 which was good for 77th place.
Cal Baptist won the team tournament by three strokes, winning with a total score of 622, narrowly edging second-place Lee University (Tenn.) (625) and Point Loma Nazarene (626).
Nathalie Silvia of Cal Baptist took home the individual trophy after firing a 1-under 71 on Tuesday and finished with a two-round score of 147. Courtney Shelton of Lee University finished second after completing the tournament in 150 strokes.
Cal Lutheran will look to build upon its strong final round when it competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) No. 1 Feb. 15-16 in Fontana, Calif.
Results: CLU - 327 (8th place)
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