Kent State women’s golf wins Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational

Then-junior Michaela Finn hits from the 12th hole during the Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Silver Lake Country Club on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Finn placed first and won the individual MAC title. Kent State won its 19th consecutive title. 

Maddie Dolin

Consistency was key in the Flashes’ first meet of the season, as every Kent State golfer finished in the top 30.

No. 13 Kent State took home a five-shot victory in its first match.

“Overall, they played very solid,” coach Greg Robertson said. ”Getting the season started with a win was a good feeling.”

Junior Marissa Kirkwood was the top scorer for Kent State, tying for sixth place with a score of 214. She scored 71 in the first and second rounds and 72 in the third.

“It was an all-around solid tournament and a great start to the season,” Kirkwood said. “This tournament has given me confidence moving forward, which in golf is a huge thing. It also shows me what areas I need to work on before the next event so that I can make a plan to make sure that I am prepared to tee it up.”

Senior Michaela Finn tied for 10th with a score of 215. She scored 72 in the first round, 68 in the second and 75 in the third.

“I’m confident heading to Tennessee,” Finn said. “It’s a course I’ve shot very low at before, so there is definitely a lot of birdie opportunities out there. I feel good about it. I see a lot of potential, and I know our team can do better than we did in the last tournament, but it was good to start off with a win.”

Junior Pimnipa Panthong, who was named a Golfweek preseason All-American, tied for 19th with an overall score of 218. She shot a 72 and a 76 in the first two rounds, but made five birdies and shot two-under-par 70 on the last day.

“Pimnipa played well,” Robertson said. “She got off to a rough start, but finished strong on Tuesday.”

Kent State finished with a score of 858 for the tournament, beating out Pepperdine by eight points, to take home the win.

“Every golfer feels they could have saved a couple shots throughout the tournament.” Kirkwood said. “That’s how we will gain experience going into the next meet. I don’t wish anything went differently.”

The team tees off next Monday and Tuesday for the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee, at a time that has yet to be announced.

Maddie Dolin is a sports reporter. Contact her at [email protected]