Kent State Concludes Lady Puerto Rico Classic Tied for Sixth
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The Kent State women's golf team was unable to move up the leader board Tuesday during the final round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club, but the Flashes didn't move back, either. Kent State finished tied with Northwestern for sixth place in the 18-team field that featured 12 of the top 50 teams in the country.
"There is such a fine line between playing solid and good, and today we were solid," said head coach Mike Morrow. Even though we had some high numbers, it was a solid performance overall. And, we saw a lot of good things to build on."
Senior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) finished the tournament tied for 23rd as Kent State's top finisher. Tuesday's final round brought a second five-over 77 for Bradley, who did tally a birdie on the par-5 No. 11 for the second time during the tournament. Bradley finished with a 227, two strokes off her career-best.
Fellow senior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) again had the lowest round for the Golden Flashes on Tuesday, as she posted a three-over 75. Gavier was on pace for an even par round until a late triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 2. Gavier did notch a pair of birdies on the back nine after two early bogeys as she finished tied for 29th overall with a 229.
Junior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) had a steady round on Tuesday, as she was the lone Kent State golfer to avoid a double-bogey or higher on any holes. A birdie on the par-3 No. 14 highlighted Marshall's card to help her finish with a 232 and tied for 40th.
Junior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) made her move on Tuesday with a four-over 76 to move up to a tie for 47th place with a 234. Although a late double-bogey hampered Morrow's score, 13 pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 13 helped move her up the leaderboard.
Junior Mercedes Germino (Nacochea, Argentina) had a one-under 35 on the back nine thanks to birdies on No. 11 and No. 13, but finished with an eight-over 80 after a 45 on the front nine. Germino tied with Morrow for 47th overall.
Kent State individual Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) finished tied for 79th after a three-over 75 on Tuesday. After her rough start on Sunday that had her near the back of the field, Hawe's 75 – which included two birdies – was the second-best among individuals and gave her a 240 for the tournament, fourth-best among unattached golfers.
"We were all bunched together on the leader board and were on the verge of breaking through," said Morrow. "We played right with a lot of top-ranked teams. We were right there and pretty close to having a real good tournament, but we didn't quite get it done."
Iowa State did enough to take a lead late on Tuesday, but the Cyclones could not keep their pace as Alabama defended their title with a five-stroke victory. With a final round three-under 69, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow claimed medalist honors with a four-under 212. She was one of just three golfers to break par for the tournament.
Kent State has a short turnaround, as the Golden Flashes will visit Florida to participate in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. Feb. 21-22.
Lady Puerto Rico Classic
Rio Mar Country Club
Rio Grande, PR
Rio Mar CC- River Course
Dates: Feb 13 - Feb 15
1 Alabama 286-298-291=875 +11
2 Iowa State 300-293-287=880 +16
3 Florida State 303-295-293=891 +27
4 Purdue 300-302-294=896 +32
5 Georgia 308-302-297=907 +43
T6 Kent State 306-306-304=916 +52
T6 Northwestern 307-305-304=916 +52
8 TCU 303-311-305=919 +55
9 Oklahoma 308-306-306=920 +56
10 Oregon 313-307-302=922 +58
11 Auburn 313-310-300=923 +59
12 SMU 305-313-310=928 +64
13 Michigan 315-307-309=931 +67
14 Indiana 319-308-305=932 +68
15 Texas Tech 310-311-316=937 +73
16 Penn State 317-321-300=938 +74
T17 Oklahoma State 311-317-311=939 +75
T17 N.C. State 311-315-313=939 +75
T6 Kent State +52 306-306-304=916
T23 Sarah Bradley 73-77-77=227
T29 Martina Gavier 79-75-75=229
T40 Shamira Marshall 80-76-76=232
T47 Mercedes Germino 76-78-80=234
T47 Mandi Morrow 78-80-76=234
T79 Erin Hawe (individual) 91-74-75=240