BRYAN, Texas- The Texas A&M women’s golf team finished sixth at the 2007 “Mo” Morial Invitational on Sunday at the Traditions Golf Course.
The Aggies shot a final round 306 to finish the tournament with a 306-314-306=926 total, which was 38 strokes behind team champion Arizona State (303-296-294=893). Rounding out the top five teams were Southern California (2nd, 904), UCLA (t3rd, 917), Oklahoma State (t3rd, 917) and Denver (5th, 922).
All five Aggies were in the 70s on Sunday, led by freshman Danielle McVeigh who turned in a three-over 75 for a three round total of 80-76-75=231 (t19th). Senior Ashley Knoll was A&M’s top individual finisher with a tie for fifth after carding a three-round score of 72-75-78=225. Rounding out the Aggies’ scores were Ashley Freeman (t26th, 75-81-77=233), Lauren Johnson (t39th, 79-82-79=240) and Christa Spedding (t43rd, 81-84-76=241).
“Today was an average round for us,” Aggie head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. “We didn’t lose or gain any spots in the standings. Our second round really hurt us and we couldn’t overcome it. We have some work to do. We have three underclassmen in the lineup, so we’re not as consistent as we need to be. That has to be learned and we need to have that fixed by the postseason.”
The third-ranked Sun Devils lived up to their high national ranking with a dominating 11-shot victory.
“I love challenging my team by playing against great teams on great courses,” ASU head coach Melissa Luellen said. “I thought we played well. I wanted to challenge the team and I have to say this course was very, very challenging.”
Individual medalist honors came down to the 18th hole with USC’s Paola Moreno and ASU’s Anna Nordqvist tied at even par for the tournament. Nordqvist’s second shot on the long par four was short and went into the creek protecting the green. Moreno’s second shot was just off the fringe and she took a par for the two-shot victory. It was the first college victory of Moreno’s career.
“It was an up and down round for me,” Moreno said. “I was strong at the beginning but I had a pair of bogeys to open the back nine. I just tried to stay calm and kept fighting. I knew my game would come back and it did.”