The Emory University women's golf team spent the first days of its spring break in Savannah, GA, where it competed in the Savannah Invitational on Monday and Tuesday and finished in 12th-place out of 14 teams. The tournament was hosted by Berry College at the 5,800-yard, par-72 Savannah Quarters Country Club and attracted a strong field that included six teams ranked inside the top-25.
The Eagles notched 357 total strokes through the first 18 holes on Monday, which left Emory in 13th-place after the opening round. On the second day of play, Emory improved upon its previous round more than any other program in the tournament. The Eagles navigated the course with just 333 strokes as a squad on Tuesday, bettering their first-round effort by 24 strokes to take 12th-place in the team contest.
Carnegie Mellon, the top-ranked team in the Women's Golf Coaches Association Poll, won the team competition over No. 3 Methodist University by a single stroke. The Tartans wrapped up with a collective 45-over par, 621, while the Monarchs turned in a combined score of 46-over par, 622. In third place was nineteenth-ranked Oglethorpe (52-over par, 628). Centre (70-over par, 646) and Berry College (71-over par, 647) entered the tournament ranked 17th and 24th in the latest poll, respectively, and rounded out the top five teams. Nadia Susanto (five-over par, 149) of Carnegie Mellon earned medalist honors in the individual competition, as she held a one-stroke advantage over her teammate Alexis Sudijanto (six-over par, 150) in round two to secure the top spot.
For the Eagles, Ksheera Jalakam paced the team with a 36-hole total of 160 strokes to finish in 18th-place out of 79 golfers. She used 83 strokes in the first round, and returned on the second day to shoot a five-over par, 77. Alice Acosta put together a round of 16-over par, 88 and followed that up with a 11-over par, 83 today to take 47th-place. Displaying similar improvement to her teammates, Lillian Knetter played the course 10 strokes better than yesterday. Knetter produced a 12-over par, 84 today to end up in a tie for 60th-place. Also participating in the Savannah Invitational for Emory was Natalie Spitzer (38-over par, 182) and Amisha Singh (45-over par, 189).
The Emory University women's golf team faces a quick turnaround, as it will return to action on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (Mar. 14th – Mar 15th) in the UAA Championships in Palm Coast, Florida.