Lightning cuts SMU Invitational short for women’s golf team

Michael Mann

The Kent State Women’s Golf team found itself in 12th place heading into the last day of the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, and remained there due to rained-out final round.

Freshman Wad Phaewchimplee led the Flashes on the individual leaderboard, finishing 9-over-par score over two rounds on the par-72 course. The 77 and 76 stroke rounds by Phaewchimplee earned a 22nd place finish.

The previous weekend’s Mid-American Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week, Jennifer Ha, was Kent’s closest golfer to Phaewchimplee, placing 27th. Ha’s shot 76 and 78 in the two rounds, with a cumulative 10-over-par score for the Invitational.

Ha’s performance at Dallas Athletic Club comes after her 8th-place finish in the Mountain View Collegiate Invitation. The junior shot an opening round three-over-par before duplicating one-under 71 stroke rounds to finish out the tournament. Kent State finished in second place in that Invitational, just a single stroke behind winner Nebraska, which had an overall score of 874.

Ha is last year’s MAC Women’s Golfer of the Year and currently is ranked No. 91 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

The next and final regular season event for the Flashes will be the Lady Buckeye Invitational on April 19-20. The Flashes will attend the event after finishing tied for 6th place on the same course last season in Columbus.

Soon after the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the Women’s Golf team will compete in the MAC Championships on at Longaberger Country Club on April 25-27. The Flashes have reigned as conference champions for 16 consecutive years.

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