Price places first in final women’s golf regular season tournament

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Senior Emily Price hits the ball during the Kent State women’s golf team’s play in the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

Kathryn Rajnicek, Reporter

Senior Emily Price took home the individual title at the Lady Buckeye Invitational tournament in Columbus, Ohio on April 15-16.

As a team, the Flashes finished in second place in the team’s final regular season tournament. The second-place finish marked the team’s best of the spring season.

“It was tough conditions on a very tough golf course with a championship set up,” coach Casey VanDamme said. “So, that was good to experience and our seniors in particular played incredible. Emily [Price] and Chloe [Salort] really stepped up and did a great job.”

The tournament was hosted by Ohio State University and took place at The Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course.

After round one, KSU was in third place carding a 15-above-par, 305 in the round. Price shot an even par, 72 which put her in third place after the first round. Fifth year student Chloe Salort carded a 3-above-par, 75 and was tied for seventh place after round one.

Junior Mayka Hoogeboom shot a 5-above-par, 77 which put her in eighth place after the first round. Junior Valentina Albertazzi carded a 9-above-par, 81 and was in a tie for 36th place after round one. Freshman Jennifer Gu shot a 10-above-par, 82 which put her in a tie for 42nd place after the first round.

The Flashes round two score was slightly worse than round one with the team carding a 19-above-par, 309 in the round to bring the team total to a 38-above-par, 614, keeping the team in 3rd place after two rounds.

Price shot a 3-above-par, 75 in the second round to bring her total to a 3-above-par, 147 which put her into a tie for third place. Salort carded an even par, 72 in the second round to bring her total to a 3-above-par, 147 and put her into a tie for third place with her teammate.

Hoogeboom shot a 13-above-par, 85 in the second round which brought her total to an 18-above-par, 162 and put her into a tie for 41st place. Albertazzi carded a 9-above-par, 81 in round two to bring her total to an 18-above-par, 162 and put her into a tie for 41st place. Gu shot a 9-above par, 81 in the second round which brought her total to a 19-above-par, 163 and put her in a tie for 45th place.

After two rounds the Flashes had two sets of teammates in a tie for a position.

Kent State’s best team round of the day came in the final round when the team carded a 10-above-par, 298 in round three which brought the final team total to a 48-above-par, 912, good enough for a second place finish.

Price shot a 4-under-par, 68 in the final round, bringing her final total to a 1-under-par, 215, securing her a first place individual finish. Price was the only golfer to shoot under par in the tournament.

“Emily in that event hit the ball incredible and then started to see some putts drop,” VanDamme said. “So, she had a great final round, and I was very happy to see her get a victory.”

Salort carded a 2-above-par, 74 in round three which brought her final total to a 5-above-par, 221 and put her in a tie for second place individually.

Hoogeboom had a better final round as she shot a 6-above-par, 78 in the third round which brought her final total to a 24-above-par, 240, putting her in a tie for 37th place. Albertazzi carded a 7-above-par, 79 in the final round which brought her final total to a 25-above-par, 241 and put her in a tie for 40th place. Gu shot a 6-above-par, 78 in round three which brought her final total to a 25-above-par, 241 and put her in a tie for 40th place.

Ohio State University won the tournament by carding a 33-above-par, 897 over three rounds of play.

Next up, the Flashes will compete in the Mid-American Conference championship tournament in Holland, Ohio from April 22 to 24.

“Our goals [for the MAC championships] are to control everything we can control and do the best we can do,” VanDamme said. “Golf is an interesting thing because we can’t control our opponents or anything else. So, we’re just going to do the best we can do like we do at every event. It would be great to see everybody kind of focus on their process in their pre-shot routines and then see the chips fall where they fall.”

Kathryn Rajnicek is a reporter. Contact her at [email protected]