LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Indiana women's golf team took home its second team title of the 2012-13 season, while sophomore Elizabeth Tong was an individual champion for the second time this year at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
Indiana ended its fall campaign with a final-round 295 on Tuesday to finish the 54-hole tournament with a score of 894 (292-307-295). UCF finished three strokes back at 897, followed by host UNLV (898), Missouri (899) and Penn State (900) in the top five of the 18-team field.
"I am really proud of the girls," said head coach Clint Wallman. "Things looked kind of bleak with seven holes to go, but we buckled down, played strong and put ourselves in position to win."
Tong's 4-under 68 on Tuesday tied her low round of the season and put her in a two-way tie for first with a three-round score of 214 (70-76-68). Tong went bogey free through 18 holes, while picking up birdies at holes two, nine, 13 and 14 along the way. She finished with just seven bogeys over 54 holes, along with one double bogey in round two.
Graduate student Kristen Schelling's 2-under 70 on Tuesday elevated her into a tie for sixth for the tournament (74-77-70/221). Schelling matched Tong's birdie-fest on Tuesday by going under par on four holes, tallying bogeys only on eight and 10.
Senior Pamela Burneski finished with a 7-over 79 on Tuesday to place tied for 22nd with a score of 226 (72-75-79). Double bogeys on holes three and eight marred what was otherwise a solid day on the course for Burneski, with birdies on six and nine, and pars on nine other holes.
Freshman Marissa DeCola matched her second-round score with a 79 on Tuesday to finish tied for 64th (78-79-79/236). While DeCola posted three birdies on the day, she could not overcome troubles on the par-3 third hole, posting a nine to move her from -1 after one hole to +5. In a situation that could make or break a round, DeCola bounced back to play even over the next 12 holes and went just +2 over the final 16 holes.
Senior Rosie Davies tied for 67th with a final round 78, posting a score of 237 (76-83-78). After going 7-over through 17 holes, Davies ended the round on a high note with her second birdie of the day coming on the par-5 second hole.
The Hoosiers will now take a winter break, practicing in preparation for the spring season that begins Feb. 10, 2013 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
"This is undoubtedly a positive way to end the fall with two really good tournament performances," Wallman said. "It is motivating and puts us in a good place to do the same things and head into the spring strong."