GOLF | Hoyas See Mixed Results
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 01:10
The Georgetown men’s and women’s golf teams ventured across the country this weekend to compete in their respective tournaments and returned to the Hilltop with mixed results. The women finished fifth of 10 teams at a tournament hosted by the University of California-Riverside, while the men ended up 14th in the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Playing in the Birdies for Breast Cancer Invitational, the women’s team started strong with a team score of seven-over par 295 on the first day of the tournament, tying the school record for the best-ever single round team score. The women were led by Liz DiVincentis, Patricia Lee, Mackenzie Boydston, Jenny Xiao and Kelly Hwang. However, as has been the case in other tournaments at William & Mary and Penn State, Georgetown could not maintain its high level of play and ultimately finished in the middle of the pack, fifth out of the 10 teams.
DiVincentis and Lee were the top scorers for the Blue and Gray, tying with each other for 11th place with a score of nine-over 225. Boydston and Xiao tied for 22nd place, shooting a 17-over 233. Not far behind was Hwang, who took 28th place with a 21-over 237. Stefanie Soelling competed individually and tied for 48th place with a 31-over 247.
In the Midwest, Georgetown’s men were particularly consistent. Greg Podufal, Charlie von Arentschildt, Andrew Rudy, Ed McCrossen and Raleigh Chapin shot team scores of 299, 298 and 299 over the three days of competition, respectively. `
Podufal was the leading scorer for the Hoyas, shooting a four-over 220 over the three-day tournament. Podufal’s performance was good enough to finish tied for 24th overall. On Tuesday, the final day of the tournament, McCrossen shot a tournament-best three-over par 75, propelling him to a tie for 66th place.
Like the women, the men tailed off as the tournament continued. The Hoyas finished the first day in seventh before dropping to ninth on the second day, and eventually finished the tournament on Tuesday in 14th place.
After a weekend off, both teams will attempt to demonstrate more consistency when they tee off in a round of tournaments on Oct. 14. The men will stay in the metro area, playing in the Georgetown Intercollegiate in Beallsville, Md., where they hope to improve on their ninth place finish last year. The women will travel to the Rutgers Invitational in New Jersey.