Bowling Green State
University sophomore Lily
Bartell carded a tournament field low round score of 75, +3,
on a very windy Sunday, to earn medalist honors with her first-place finish at
the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational this weekend hosted by BGSU at the Stone
Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The individual victory marks the first tournament win in Bartell's intercollegiate career and is her fourth top-five finish this season, including back-to-back top-four finishes in each of the Falcons' last two events.
Bartell's Bowling Green squad, which also consisted of Bailey Arnold, Patricia Holt, Shelby Wilson and Hannah Lewis, posted a third-place team finish overall aided by a team score of 318, +30, which proved to be a team-low combined score over the final round of play on Sunday. BGSU carded rounds of 319 and 318 to finish in third-place overall out of the 15 team field with a two-round combined team score of 637, +61.
The other BGSU squad finished in 14th-place overall with rounds of 332 and 341 to give the five Falcons of Mikayla Baer, Fran Rodriguez, Lauren Diehl, Kelsey Benson and Julia Hoffman a combined team score of 673, +97.
With the wind causing havoc for the entire tournament field on Sunday, the Falcons' Bartell was able to shoot a low round 75, +3, to jump from sixth-place to first-place overall with her combined 36-hole score of 151, +7. Coupled with her first round 76, +4, on Saturday, Bartell was able to surpass both Kelsey Murphy of Eastern Michigan and Sydney MacDonald of South Dakota State who each finished tied for second-place overall with final scores of 152, +8.
Arnold posted a second straight round of 81, +9, on Sunday to place in a tie at 21st overall with her combined score of 162, +18, while Holt turned in rounds of 80 and 84 to finish tied for 29th-place overall with her two-day score of 164, +20.
Rounding out the scoring for the Falcons' third-place team was Wilson and Lewis. Wilson posted a second round 83, +11, to go along with her first round 82, +10, on Saturday, to finish tied for 35th-place overall with her combined score of 165, +21. Lewis made the biggest improvement for the Falcons between the two days of play, as she went from an 88, +16, on Saturday to a 79, +7, on Sunday to earn a 49th-place finish overall with a combined score of 167, +23.
For the second straight day, a freshman led the second BGSU team, as Rodriguez recorded an 83, +11, on Sunday, to finish in a tie for 35th overall with a 36-hole score of 165, +21 (82-83). One of the players knotted up with Rodriguez at 35th-place was Baer, as she posted rounds of 78 and 87 to earn her score of 165, +21, over the two-rounds of play.
Diehl finished her weekend with rounds of 84 and 87 to finish in a tie for 65th overall with her combined two-round score of 171, +27, while Benson knocked off four strokes between her two rounds of play to finish with a combined score of 172, +28, (88-84) and in 73rd overall.
Hoffman rounded out the scoring for the Falcons, as the sophomore carded rounds of 89 and 90 to finish in 85th-place with a 36-hole score of 179, +35.
Ball State held on to win the two-round team championship with a combined score of 628, +52, with rounds of 304 and 324 over the weekend of play. Fellow Mid-American Conference member Eastern Michigan edged the Falcons by four strokes to take second-place overall with their combined team score of 633, +57 (305-328).
The Falcons will next compete in a newly added one-day dual match event versus Western Michigan at the Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola, Indiana on Thursday, April 17th.
(3rd) Bowling Green State University – 319, 318 = 637, +61
1. Lily Bartell – 76, 75 = 151, +7
T21. Bailey Arnold – 81, 81 = 162, +18
T29. Patricia Holt – 80, 84 = 164, +20
T35. Shelby Wilson – 82, 83 = 165, +21
T49. Hannah Lewis – 88, 79 = 167, +23
(14th) Bowling Green State University (B) – 332, 341 = 673, +97
T35. Mikayla Baer – 78, 87 = 165, +21
T35. Fran Rodriguez – 82, 83 = 165, +21
T65. Lauren Diehl – 84, 87 = 171, +27
T73. Kelsey Benson – 88, 84 = 172, +28
85. Julia Hoffman – 89, 90 = 179, +35