Roadrunners, Reto Claim Titles
AUGUSTA, Ga. – UT-San Antonio registered a wire-to-wire victory Sunday afternoon in the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The Roadrunners, who entered the final round with a four-shot lead, notched their third victory of the season with an 8-over 296 and posted a six-shot win over Augusta State. Purdue, Kennesaw State and East Tennessee State rounded out the top five.
Purdue's Paula Reto, last year's tournament runnerup, fired an 8-under 64 to establish a new single-round tournament record and claim a 10-stroke victory over ASU sophomore Casey Kennedy. Reto's 54-hole total of 9-under 207 (75-68-64) is second only to Kennedy's 11-under 205 she shot last season as a freshman.
"I called my coach over on No. 13 and asked her why I was hooking my shots, and she told me to complete my backswing," Reto said. "I did and knocked a 9-iron to five feet, and it was smooth sailing into the clubhouse. I kept giving 100 percent all the way in, taking it one shot at a time and really staying in the moment."
UTSA's Fabiola Arriaga, Shannon Jungman each finished third and Summer Batiste took fifth to pace the Roadrunners. Taylor Newlin tied for 18th to give UTSA four players in the top 20 and Paola Valerio just missed a top-20 showing, tying for 22nd.
The Lady Jags had four players in the top 20 as well. Junior Natalie Wille turned in ASU's low round of the day, a 1-over 73, and tied for 10th. Sophomore Christine Duschek-Hansen (76) tied for 14th and junior Marit Bjerke (79) tied for 19th. Senior Kirsty Rands enjoyed her best round of the tourney with a 2-over 74 and tied for 34th.
UTSA, which entered the tourney as the third-highest ranked team in the field at No. 60, was being coached by assistant Ian Parnaby. His wife Carrie, who serves as head coach of the Roadrunners, recently gave birth to a son and didn't accompany the team on the trip.
"Our ladies are comfortable with the course, and they had a good showing last year -- we really like it here," Parnaby said. "We have some of the strongest team chemistry I've ever seen in women's golf; our ladies root for each other, play for each other, and really focus on the team title every tournament."
The 14-team field for the Insperity LJI was the best in the five-year history of the tourney, which moved to a Spring date in 2011. The rest of the field included Arkansas-Little Rock, Charleston Southern, East Tennessee State, Indiana, Kennesaw State, Lamar, Memphis, Purdue, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Texas-San Antonio, Troy and Western Carolina.
At No. 52 in the nation, the Lady Jags were the second-highest ranked team in the field. Purdue headlined the field at No. 31 while seven other teams were ranked among the top 100.
The Lady Jags return to action and wrap up their regular-season schedule on March 30-April 1 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga.
For more information on tourney, view the ILJI media supplement at http://jaguarsroar.com/sports/wgolf/2011-12/files/asuwg_2012_ILJI_info_packet.pdf.
Full-field results of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate are available at www.golfstat.com.
NOTES: The team victory was the second straight for the Roadrunners in as many events … UTSA captured the Islanders Classic at the end of February and won The Alamo Invitational during the Fall, 2011 season … The victory was the second at Forest Hills for Parnaby, who also won a title at FHGC as a member of the Tennessee men's golf team in 2002 under former Augusta State head coach Jim Kelson … Reto registered nine birdies on the day, including five of her last six holes … In six rounds at Forest Hills, Reto has shot 73-71-66-75-68-64, a stroke average of 69.5A first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Reto finished 45th at the 2011 NCAA Championships … She also won the 2012 Dixie Amateur Championship in Coral Springs, Fla., in early January for the second straight year … For the third straight day, the 384-yard, par-4 12th hole played the most difficult at +0.49 (relative to par) … The 487-yard, par-5 sixth hole played the easiest at -0.01 (relative to par) … The average score on Sunday (74 rounds) for the field was 77.32 and for the three days was 77.30 … The average score of the 75-player field was 76.69 on Saturday, down more than a full stroke from 77.88 on Friday … After three eagles on Friday, there was just one Saturday (on the par-5, 487-yard No. 6) and none on Sunday … Indiana's Pamela Burneski withdrew with a back injury on Sunday … Kathleen Glavin of Memphis, who withdrew from Saturday's second round with a back injury, bounced back with a 5-over 77 on Sunday.