Women’s golf set to host the Navy Fall Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – After securing a first-place finish at the Bucknell Invitational last time around, the Navy women’s golf team is expected to resume its activities this weekend as it hosts the Navy Fall Invitational at the USNA Golf Club.
The invitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 am, followed by a Sunday start at 8:00 am, with 18 holes played each day in the 36-hole tournament. Live results of the competition will be available via NavySports.com for both days of action.
Bucknell, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, La Salle, Lehigh, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Niagara, Quinnipiac, Richmond, Sacred Heart and Wagner will join Navy for the Navy Fall Invitational.
The United States Naval Academy Golf Course, operated by the Naval Academy Golf Association, is a par 72 course that will be played to 6,084 yards.
THE MARINE RANGE
1 – Mara hirtle (So ââPinehurst, NC)
2 – Tori Smith (Sr., Arlington, Tennessee)
3 – Eve Worden (Jr., Phoenix, Arizona)
4 – Angelina Chan (Jr., Franklin, Tennessee)
5 – Stephanie lee (So ââSouthlake, Texas)
Competition as individuals: Bridget hoang (Fr., Lawrenceville, Georgia), Jenna han (Fr., Mahwah, NJ) and Hannah han kim (Fr., Potomac, Maryland)
Mara hirtle (So ââPinehurst, NC), the reigning Patriot League golfer of the week, finished tied for first in the individual standings with a par of 8 of 218, propelling the Navy women’s golf team for the team title at the Bucknell Invitational. The contenders posted a three-round score of 45 over par 885 at Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa.
Hirtle narrowly missed out on medal honors, with Howard’s Reese Wilson being named tournament champion after scoring below 2 in the final round at par 72.
The midshipmen delivered a dominant performance over the two-day tournament, with a 45-stroke finish over par 885 39 strokes above the closest team (Lehigh, 84 over par 924 ). Additionally, the overall score of 885 marks the highest score for a 54-hole tournament in the program’s history, surpassing the previous lowest score of nine strokes (894, 2018 Nittany Lion Invitational).
In addition to Hirtle’s record-breaking performance, the Midshipmen saw several solid performances from the rest of his participants at the Bucknell Invitational.
Tori Smith (Sr., Arlington, Tenn.) Finished one stroke ahead, registering an overall score of 9 over par 219. The elder opened the tournament with a 4 over par 74 before shoot a whopping 1 under par 69 in Saturday’s second round, the lowest single-round score of his career and tying the fourth lowest single-round score in program history.
Smith ultimately finished third in the individual standings after posting a par 76 of 6 over Sunday’s final round.
Angelina Chan (Jr., Franklin, Tennessee) and Eve Worden (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) Finished tied for fifth in the individual standings after each posting a par of 13 of 223.
Chan, who has competed as an individual, recorded a career low score in the first round (69), followed by a 77 in each of the final two rounds. Chan joined Smith in tying the fourth-lowest score in program history with his aforementioned first-round 69.
Worden posted his lowest score in the tournament with a par of 3 of 73 in the second round of the invitation, with a 74 in the first round and a 76 in the last round on Sunday. The junior’s three scores surpassed her previous career record of 77.
Stephanie lee (So ââSouthlake, Texas) tied his career low score in the second round with a par 73 of 3 after shooting a par 74 of 4 in the first round. Lee was ninth place with a par 8 over 78 on Sunday.
Rounding out the tournament participants for the Navy was the freshman pairing of Jenna han (Potomac, NJ) and Hannah han kim (Mahwah, NJ) who finished tied for 23 and tied for 35, respectively.
In his first collegiate action, Han got a low score of 78 in the second round on Saturday, between an 83 in the first round and a final round of 79. With his 79 in the last round on Sunday, Han gained nine places in the standings. individual with a total score of 30 over par 240.
Competing as an individual, Han-Kim posted a par 246 of 36, including a par 80 of 10 in the third round to earn six spots in the individual standings.
Following the Navy Invitational, Midshipmen will be back in action on October 15-16 as they travel to compete in the Delaware Invitational. Additionally, Smith will compete in the Jackson T. Stephens Cup (October 16-17) held in Roland, Arkansas.