KITTY HAWK, North Carolina – Four aspiring golfers were in the top 6 to help the Navy Women’s Golf Team take first place Saturday and Sunday at the JEL Outer Banks Intercollegiate at Duck Wood Country Club in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Playing par-72, 6148 yards, junior Mara Hirtle finished top of the 26-player standings with a 15-by-231 weekend, while his sophomore teammate Jenna Han followed Hirtle with a stroke to claim second place at 16-over by 232.
Playing two rounds on Saturday in windy conditions and a final 18 holes on Sunday morning, the Mids were in the lead after 36 holes at 46-over par 622 with rounds of 27-over par 315 and 19-over par 307. Sunday’s round saw the Mids stay ahead with a par 310 of 22 over, as Navy posted the weekend’s three lowest team rounds to post a 54-hole score of 68 over par 932 and finish first for the second weekend in a row.
North Carolina A&T took second place at 113 over par 977, while Mount St. Mary’s posted a third place score of 117 over par 981, Niagara was fourth at 185 over par 1049 and Maryland Eastern Shore rounded out the field in fifth at 292-over by 1156.
On Hirtle’s weekend, she shot three consecutive rounds of 5 on a par 77 to hold at least a share of first place after each round and ultimately win the individual title.
Han climbed in the standings all weekend, shooting a par 80 from 8 on Saturday morning before dropping to a par 77 from 5 on the second round and moving into second place at the end of the day. opening, as the sophomore Navy nearly caught Hirtle with a 3-for-75 round on Sunday.
junior golfer Stephanie Lee finished with a score of 20 on the par 236 to finish tied for third place with Victoria Stutts of NC A&T, as Lee bounced back after opening for 13 on the par 85 shooting a tournament round of 1 on the par 73 in the second half on Saturday, then posting a par 78 of 6 on Sunday.
Notching a score of 24 on the par 240 gave a freshman Sue Lee a sixth-place finish, as the rookie shot a 5 on the par 77 in the first round to sit tied for first with Hirtle before shooting rounds of 11 on the par 83 and 8 on the par 80 to close out the weekend -end.
Second year Bridget Hoang rounded out the Navy contingent finishing tied for 11th with Mount St. Mary’s Naomi Yacyshen at 31-over by 247. Hoang scored rounds of 9-over by 81, 8-over by 80 and 14-over by 86 during the two days of action.
“It was a great weekend in every way,” said the head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. “We played in tough conditions on Saturday with winds blowing in the 20 mph range. I’m so proud of our team, especially Mara and Jenna for their solid play in winning first and second place.”
Senior Captain Eve Worden will now compete on Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11 in the prestigious Jackson T. Stephens Cup in Juno Beach, Florida, with the Navy team then heading to the Lady Blue Hen Invitational next weekend, which will be held in the country of Rehoboth Club.