PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Nevada women’s golf team recorded a ninth place finish in its first spring tournament at the Peg Barnard Invitational, hosted by Stanford.
The Wolf Pack carded a team score of 303 in Sunday’s final round, four shots higher than its opening round of 299. Nevada’s total of 602 placed it in ninth in the 12-team field. The Pack finished ahead of Washington State, Long Beach State and San Francisco and was one stroke back of eighth place Oregon State. Tournament host, and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team Stanford, won its event by 10 shots over runner-up Oregon.
Junior Jordan Keyser began the day four shots back of the individual lead and tied for third and finished her run with a top 10 in a tie for eighth place. It is Keyser’s first top 10 finish of the season and of her career. She struggled to start her round, going 3-over through her first two holes, but collected 11 pars and two birdies throughout her remaining holes. Keyser finished with a 4-over round of 75 and was 4-over for the tournament.
Elsewhere in the Pack lineup, freshman Mari Nishiura secured her second top 20 finish of her rookie season in a tie for 18th. Nishiura shot a 4-over 75, which tied for the low Pack round of the day, and recorded 13 pars on the day. Junior Celyn Khoo matched her opening round score of 76 on day two as well and ended up in a tie for 33rd place in the 60-player field. Freshman Katy Rutherford struggled near the end of her round to post an 8-over 79 and tie for 48th. Rounding out the Pack lineup was sophomore Chaithra Katamneni who, despite finishing in 59th place, showed the most improvement of any Nevada player as she cut her opening round score down by 10 strokes.
Andrea Lee, the tournament’s leader after the first 18 holes, captured the individual title. Lee, a member of Stanford’s team, posted back-to-back rounds of 67 to win the event by six strokes over runner-up finisher Kelsey Ulep of Oregon.
Nevada will be back in action on Feb. 27-28 at The Gold Rush in Seal Beach, Calif. at Old Ranch Golf Course.
T8. Jordan Keyser – 71-75=146 (+4)
T18. Mari Nishiura – 74-75=149 (+7)
T33. Celyn Khoo – 76-76=152 (+10)
T48. Katy Rutherford – 78-79=157 (+15)
59. Chaithra Katamneni – 87-77=164 (+22)