The Murray State women’s golf team placed second and Raeshya Surendran won the medalist title Tuesday at the Chris Banister Classic at Silver Springs Golf Course in Glencoe, Alabama.

After posting her best collegiate round and event record 6-under-par 66 in the second round, Surendran finished right where the final round began with a four shot lead after she matched the 73 that Kate Owens of James Madison posted. Surendran’s final line was 74-66-73=213 (-3). She becomes the fourth Racer to win the Banister Classic title.

In their third event of the fall and with a lineup that has four underclassmen, the Racers held up well to get a second place finish. The Racers posted rounds of 300-298-307=905, while winner Troy had a scoring line of 292-301-308=901. JMU (910), Jacksonville State (915) and Elon (928) made up the top-5.

Other MSU scores and final position included Payton Carter with a spot in 11th place on scores of 73-81-76=230 and Ana Garcia Picchi in 14th place on scores of 74-80-77=231. Sarah McDowell had scores of 79-74-81=234 for a spot in 22nd place, while Eliza Kho fired rounds of 79-78-81=238 and placed 32nd.

Lucila Puente Rodriguez de Austria and Charli Jo Doss were in the field for the Racers as individuals and had 43rd and 50th place finishes. Puente Rodriguez had scores of 79-83-81=243 and Doss 82-81-87=250.

The Silver Springs Golf Course is part of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and played to a par-72 and 6,107 yards.

Chris Banister Classic
Glencoe, Ala. – RJT at Silver Lakes GC
Oct. 8, 2019
Final Scores

Team Standings

Troy 292 301 308 901 +37
Murray State 300 298 307 905 +41
James Madison 303 299 308 910 +46
Jacksonville State 308 306 301 915 +51
Elon 315 309 304 928 +64
Little Rock 318 322 299 939 +75
Alabama State 321 324 309 953 +89
Tennessee Tech 326 312 314 954 +90
North Alabama 324 305 327 955 +91
Austin Peay 318 320 326 964 +100
Tennessee State 354 338 339 1031 +167

2 Murray State 300 298 307 905
1 Raeysha Surendran (1) 74 66 73 213
T11 Payton Carter (3) 73 81 76 230
T14 Ana Picchi (2) 74 80 77 231
T22 Sarah McDowell (4) 79 74 81 234
T32 Eliza Kho (5) 79 78 81 238
43 Lucila Puente Rodriguez (I) 79 83 81 243
50 Charli Doss (I) 82 81 87 250

Tournament Notes
The Racers’ history at Silver Springs GC has been impressive. With a second place showing today, they now have two second place and two first place showings. MSU won the 2016 title with an event record total score of 887. In 2017, MSU again with a score of 898. Last season in 2018, the Racers placed second at 907 and had another second place finish this week.

MURRAY STATE WINS AT SILVER LAKES
03-18-03 Lee Anne Pace 76 74 150
10-07-03 Lee Anne Pace 72 73 154
03-15-05 Nikki Orazine 78 76 77 231
09-26-17 Moa Folke 71 74 70 215
10-08-19 Raeshya Surendran 74 66 73 213

Surendran’s win at Silver Lakes GC is the fifth time a Racer has won there. Lee Anne Pace claimed titles in the spring of 2003 and then later in the fall of the same year. Nikki Orazine and Moa Folke also won there in 2005 and 2017.

Surendran’s win marks the first for the Racers in the 2019-20 season and the first for the program since Anna Moore was medalist last April at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Surendran posted her low round in her collegiate career (and an event record) when she started the second round Monday afternoon with five birdies (including four in a row) in her first eight holes and finished with a 6-under-par 66. Her 66 was one shot off the MSU record of 65 that Linette Holmslykke carded at the NCAA Regional at Auburn last May.

Surendran has previously scored five top-10 finishes, but never a collegiate victory until Silver Lakes. Her best finish was a fourth place showing at the 2017 OVC Championship that earned her a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Dave Winder – Associate AD – Media Relations
Murray State University

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