Bearcats Take Crown at UC Spring Invitational|
March 24, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s golf team finished in first place at the 2013 UC Spring Invitational in Crystal River, Fla., at the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa. The third round of play, scheduled for Sun., March 24, was postponed mid-round and eventually cancelled due to inclement weather in the area.
The Bearcats, who sat in third place after the first round, came from behind to capture the lead during the second round. The team shot a 300 in the second round for a total score of 604 (304-300) after two rounds. UC topped Bradley University (302-303=605) by one stroke and was nine strokes ahead of third place Florida Southern (303-310=613).
The win marks the first time in the eight-year history of the tournament that the University of Cincinnati has come out on top. The Bearcats placed second in the inaugural UC Spring Invitational in 2006, but had never won. UC finished tied for ninth place at last year’s invite.
Senior Maria Roos (Uppsala, Sweden/Mississippi State) and junior Olivia Dose (Goteborg, Sweden/Goteborg Hogre Samskola) each hit 149 strokes to tie for sixth place individually, the highest finishes for Cincinnati. Roos recorded an even par of 72 during the first round and a 77 in round two (78-71=149) while Dose hit a 78 on day one and recorded the lowest score of day two with a one-under-par 71 on day two (78-71=149).
Senior Alex Carl (Union, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) tied for 13th with a score of 152 (76-76) while freshman Stefanie Mitchell (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview) tied for 22nd (78-76=164) and junior Andrea Malek (Tibro, Sweden/Klippans Gymnasieskola) tied for 61st (81-83=164).
Cincinnati also competed with four individual players, sophomore Mackenzie Moir (Louisville, KY./Sacred Heart Academy), freshman Stephanie Hovarth (Medina, Ohio/Highland), senior Fredricka Winqvist (Enebyberg, Sweden/Marina Larouerket) and freshman Ali Jakubecz (Strongville, Ohio/Strongville). Moir, who recorded the lowest score of all individuals on day one, finished tied for 47th (77-83=160). Hovarth, competing in her first collegiate tournament, finished tied for 66th (80-85=165) while Winqvist tied for 85th (86-82=168) and Jakubecz, also seeing her first collegiate action, finished tied for 91st (87-84=171).
The Bearcats’ first-place finish was their highest of the fall season and their first win since taking the title at the UD Invitational on Oct., 18, 2011.
Cincinnati will be back in action on April 8 and 9 when it travels to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Marsh Landing Invitational.