OXFORD, Miss. – No. 32 GRU Augusta took the title in the 18-team field with a 7-over par 871, which is the second lowest 54-hole score in tournament history at the Rebel Intercollegiate, sponsored by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
GRU Augusta’s Jessica Haigwood takes the medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 6-under par 210, which is the third lowest 54-hole individual score.
Instead of the regularly scheduled 18 holes on Saturday, the teams played 36 holes on the par-72 6,279 yard course in an effort to avoid the inclement weather that is predicted in the Oxford area on Sunday. A shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. started day two where the tournament-leading Jaguars teed off on the front nine to hang on for the win – their first overall title of the 2013-14 season.
Jaguar freshman Jessica Haigwood started round two with a birdie on the 460-yard par-five No. 2 to finish her first set of 18 holes with a team-best 2-under 70. Senior Casey Kennedy and freshman Eunice Yi each carded a 2-over 74 in round two. Kennedy took birdies on No. 11 and No. 18 and Yi signed for back-to-back birdies on No. 8-9 and No. 11-12. Freshman Josefine Nyqvist ended round two with a 5-over 77, taking birdies on No. 4 and No.7 before signing for four bogeys. Senior Christine Duschek-Hansen took an 8-over 88 for round two.
Kennedy bogeyed No. 1 to start her third round, but went on to post three birdies through her front nine and started her back with another on the par-four No. 10. Kennedy finished the day tied for fourth with a 70-74-71, 215 (-1), while Haigwood won overall with her 71-70-69, 210 (-6). Nyqvist and Yi both tied for 39th, while Duschek-Hansen tied for 65th overall.
GRU won the entire event all alone in first place, bettering Kennesaw State at No. 2 and Tulane and Texas State (tied for third) and East Tennessee Stats (fifth). The Jaguars will use this win to help prepare for the NCAA Regionals May 8-10.
The Rebel Intercollegiate featured 2013 defending champion, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, East Tennessee State, Furman, GRU Augusta, Harvard, Kennesaw State, No. 23 Kentucky, Memphis, Murray State, Notre Dame, Samford, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas State and Tulane (RV) to the Ole Miss Golf Course this weekend. Colorado State, Notre Dame and Texas State will be making their first appearances at the tournament.
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