The Wake Forest women's golf team won the 33rd annual Lady Gator Invitational by a comfortable 19 strokes Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla. It is the Deacons first team victory since capturing the title at the 2000 Bryan National Collegiate. Four Deacons finished in the top-ten this weekend, the most by any of the 18 participating teams.
Ashley Hoagland finished in second place, after a third round even score of 70. It tied for the best score carded in the field today. Only Myrte Eikenaar of Purdue matched Hoagland's performance, and she finished first in the field overall. Hoagland finished with a combined 216, tying her second best performance this season. Her second place finish is a career best.
Christine Hallstrom finished in a tie for sixth place, with rounds of 71, 74 and 77. Her combined 222 was a personal season best, as was her finish in the field. In fact, it was Hallstrom's first top-ten finish this year. Hallstrom finished tied with Duke's Liz Janangelo, who is currently ranked fourth in the nation.
Mandy Goins finished in eighth place, 13 over for the tournament. She offered rounds of 78, 71 and 74 for the Deacons, all of which counted towards team scoring. It was her third top-20 finish of the season, and her first career top-10 performance.
Maggie Simons (74-80-71) carded her best third round performance since a final round 70 in the ACC/SEC challenge last fall. Her 71, just 1 over par, was the second best score in the field on Sunday. The Raleigh, NC native finished ninth overall, her first career top-10 finish and just her second top-20 finish this season.
Laura Crawford finished in a tie for 69th place, with rounds of 83, 77 and 84.
The Deacons finished just ahead of third ranked Auburn. The Tigers shot a combined 902, +62 on the tournament. Auburn's Diana Ramage, the fifth-ranked player in the country, finished fourth overall, with a combined 220. Duke finished third, one stroke behind Auburn. Duke's Brittany Lang, currently ranked third in the nation, finished in fifth place with a 221.
Tournament results are as follows: 1.Wake Forest 2. Auburn (+62) 3. Duke (+63) 4. Ohio State (+67) 5. Purdue (+81) 6. Florida (+82) 7. Georgia (+87) 8. Tulane University (+88) T9. South Carolina (+89) T9. Arkansas, U. of (+89) 11. Furman University (+100) T12. University of Virginia (+105) T12. Florida State Univ. (+105) 14. Michigan State (+111) 15. Vanderbilt (+113) 16. Oklahoma (+118) 17. South Florida (+123) 18. UCF (+155).