Presidents’ Women Claim PAC Fall Golf Championship
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Sophomore Jennifer Suder’s (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) second-place finish helped Washington & Jefferson College claim the team title at the 2012 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Fall Championship Tuesday at Oak Tree Country Club.
W&J carded a two-day, 36-hole score of 717 (358-359) to edge Grove City (732--364-368) for the championship. Suder finished with 171 strokes (79-92) to trail only Grove City's Esther Durling in the 30-player field. Durling totaled 162 strokes (79-83).
The Presidents will take the 15-shot lead into the spring championship tournament (Apr. 22-23 at Cedarbrook Golf Club) which will ultimately decide the 2013 PAC champions. The fall invitational represents the first two of four rounds used to determine the 2013 PAC Golf Championship. For the first time this spring, the PAC team champion is expected to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Westminster is still within striking distance with 739 strokes (380-359), while Thiel (815) and Thomas More (898) are a bit further off the pace. Three Saint Vincent players and one Waynesburg player rounded out the field.
Junior Katelyn Vannoy (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) turned in the best finish of her career for the Presidents after tying for third place with 172 strokes. She shot 87 on Monday and 89 today.
Freshman Amanda Halula (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) took seventh place with 182 shots (98-84). Her second-round score of 84 was the second-lowest round of the day and tied for the fourth-lowest round of the entire tournament.
Senior Catherine Robinson (Troy, Ill./Triad) took 11th place with 188 strokes after notching rounds of 95 and 93, while classmate Ellen Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) rounded out the W&J finishers in T-20th place (211--111-100).
Washington & Jefferson is back in action this weekend at the two-day, 36-hole California (Pa.) Invitational starting Saturday at Cedarbrook Golf Club.