Kristin Engle and Olivia Cason each shot a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday in the final round of the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge, lifting Louisville to a fifth-place tie in Vail, Colo.
The Cardinals combined for a 5-under-par 283 in the third round, the best performance of the day and tied for the ninth-lowest round in school history. Louisville capped its second tournament of the fall campaign at 20-over-par 884, securing a tie with SMU and San Diego State. Denver took the team title with an 8-over-par 872.
“It was a much better round today,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “We are pleased with a solid finish since we didn’t have our best the first two rounds. All five players really dug deep today to move us up the leaderboard.”
Engle earned her first top-20 showing this season, shooting a 4-over-par 220 and tying for 19th. Starting on No. 9, she finished the back side at 1-under-par and tapped in for birdie four times over the final nine holes. Her par-4 scoring average of 4.07 led the team.
Cason made a significant move on the leaderboard, climbing 22 spots to finish tied for 26th. After starting the day with a bogey followed by a double bogey, she played error free and amassed five birdies. The junior, who carded a 6-over-par 222, tallied 36 pars over the three-day span.
Molly Skapik, who tied for 55th, put together the third-best score of the day at 1-under-par 71. Skapik, who shot a 12-over-par 228, had seven birdies to register her best score of the tournament, tying with Engle for the fifth-most birdies overall in the 90-player field with 12.
Lauren Hartlage rounded out the contributing scorers, shooting an even-par 72 on the final day. The sophomore, who tied for 32nd, completed the event with a 7-over-par 223. She, like Cason, had a bogey and double bogey to begin the day before playing error free.
The Cardinals return to action in two weeks, playing the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Competition takes place from Oct. 13-15 at UNC Finley Course.
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Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge
Sept. 25-27, 2017
Red Sky Golf Club (par 72/6,216 yards)
TOP-FIVE TEAM SCORES PLUS LOUISVILLE (18 teams, 54-hole totals): 1. Denver – 292-291-289; 2. Pepperdine – 290-300-284; 3. Campbell – 301-292-287; 4. Arizona – 300-287-294; t-5. Louisville – 299-302-283; t-5. SMU – 293-303-288; t-5. San Diego State – 289-300-295
LOUISVILLE GOLFERS (of 90): t-19. Kristin Engle – 76-74-70; t-26. Olivia Cason – 71-81-70; t-32. Lauren Hartlage – 75-76-72; t-51. Jacqueline Twitty – 81-72-74; t-55. Molly Skapik – 77-80-71
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