TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 3-seeded University of Louisville women's golf team captured its first BIG EAST Conference Championship Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The Cardinals shot a 299 in the final round to win the title with a score of 889, setting a new BIG EAST Championship record. Junior Adrienne White took medalist honors with a new BIG EAST record score of 216.
'This team has worked hard all year,' said head coach Kelly Meyers Rothberg. 'It is good to see the hard work pay off for them. Our experienced players really stepped up to make it a total team effort and I am so proud of them. They knew we had the potential and really wanted to show what they could do in our new conference. It was the first time we were healthy all season, so this is just a forecast of our future.'
White shot a 73 in the final round for with a four stroke advantage over Notre Dame's Noriko Nakazaki. Freshman Cindy LaCrosse shot a 76 in the final round to finish fourth with a score of 76.
'This is exciting, it feels good,' said White. 'After leading yesterday, I knew if I played steady all day I had a shot at winning. Through the day I knew I had a three stroke lead, then a five stroke lead, and then a six stroke lead. Going into the final holes I felt good and knew I could pull it out at even par.'
Junior Cristina Gonzalez shot a 77 in the final round to finish fifth with a score of 225. Sophomore Jenny Calkins shot a 73 in the final round to finish tied at ninth with score of 228. Freshman Amanda Henry shot an 82 in the final round to finish tied at 24th with a score of 239.
White, LaCrosse and Gonzalez earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors.