WAHIAWA, O'ahu – Toledo enjoyed its Halloween on Wednesday with an impressive second-place showing at the University of Hawai'i's Rainbow Wahine Invitational. The tournament was played at the Leilehua Golf Course.
The Rockets finished just two strokes behind tournament champion Florida International (895) with a three-round score of 897 (299-296-302). Washington State (898) was one shot behind UT in third place with Eastern Michigan (903) in fourth and UC Irvine (904) in fifth.
"This was our best performance so far this year, and it's a great way to end our fall," Toledo Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. "It's the third time we've been in position to win, and that type of experience can help us grow as a team. We beat some good teams this week, and I think this shows us that how good we can be if we keep working hard."
The Panthers' Shelby Croyle captured the individual title by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. She tied for first place with Eastern Michigan's Sarah Johnson at two-over par 218.
Freshman Sathika Ruenreong topped the Rockets with the best performance of her collegiate career, finishing fifth after firing a five-over par 221 (76-72-73). Junior Kate Hoops finished one stroke behind Ruenreong at six-over par 222 (74-73-76) to tie for sixth place. Senior Allison Schultz (74-76-77) and sophomore Jennifer Elsholz (75-75-77) tied for 16th place at 11-over par 227, while sophomore Stephanie St-Jean tied for 48th place at 20-over par 236 (77-79-80).
"We had great balance with Sathika and Kate leading us for the first time this fall," Hollingsworth said. "Allison and Jennifer been our top performers prior to this tournament, and we need five players who can go low to become an even better team."
Freshman Manisa Isavas (77-77-78=232/T-38th) and sophomore Megan Carroll (78-81-80=239/55th) competed as individuals.
1. Florida International 294-301-300=895 (+31); 2. Toledo 299-296-302=897 (+33); 3. Washington State 301-296-301=898 (+34); 4. Eastern Michigan 310-298-295=903 (+39); 5. UC Irvine 305-297-302=904 (+40); 6. Memphis 307-300-301=908 (+44); 7. Boise State 302-302-307=911 (+47); 8. BYU 304-314-302=920 (+56); 9. Sacramento State 316-310-310=936 (+72); 10. Hawaii 314-310-313=937 (+73); 11. New Mexico State 315-317-314=946 (+82); 12. North Dakota State 316-322-319=957 (+93)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
T1. Shelby Coyle (FIU) 72-73-73=218 (+2); T1. Sarah Johnson (EMU) 73-72-73=218 (+2); 3. Alex Alang (Memphis) 71-74-74=219 (+3); 4. Amy Anderson (NDSU) 75-73-72=220 (+4); 5. Sathika Ruenreong (UT) 76-72-73=221 (+5)
5. Sathika Ruenreong 76-72-73=221 (+5); T6. Kate Hoops 74-73-75=222 (+6); T16. Jennifer Elsholz 75-75-77=227 (+11); T16. Allison Schultz 74-76-77=227 (+11); Ind.-T38. Manisa Isavas 77-77-78=232 (+16); T48. Stephanie St-Jean 77-79-80=236 (+20); Ind.-55. Megan Carroll 78-81-80=239 (+23)