MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. — Katie Zajicek shot a final-round 74 and the Whitman College women’s golf team moved up one spot to finish seventh at the GolfWeek Fall Preview invitational at the Baytowne Golf Club here Tuesday.
The Missionaries finished with a three-round total of 955 on the 5,802-yard, par-72 course.
Methodist University took the title with a score of 904. Washington University came in second at 910 and Rhodes College third at 934.
In moving up the leaderboard, Whitman carded its best round of the tournament, posting a 315 (previous scores were 321 and 319) and had three players in the 70s.
In addition to Zajicek’s 74, Kelly Sweeney fired a 78 and Elaine Whaley had a 79. Lou Points shot an 84 and Catelyn Webber, who had posted 75 and 76 the first two days, came in with an 86.
“Katie played a very solid round,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said of Zajicek’s performance Tuesday.
Zajicek played both sides in 37, needing only 29 putts and carding three birdies. Her three-day total of 236 was Whitman’s top individual finish, a tie for 23rd.
Sweeney had a strong round, with the exception of a triple bogie on the final hole, and Whaley’s round was maybe the most remarkable, given the fact she came back from a quadruple bogie on the second hole.
After the bad hole, Whaley played the remainder of the front nine in 2-under-par and made the turn with a 39. She remained solid on the second nine to post the third sub-80 round for the Missionaries.
Connie Zhou of Washington University won the medalist honors with a 1-under-par 71 on the final day.
The three-day tournament featured the top three ranked programs in Division III: Methodist, the University of Texas at Tyler (fourth place) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (fifth).
“We’re thrilled with how the trip turned out and I think our players grew a bunch from playing at this level of competition,” Molitor said.
There were seventeen teams in the field.
The Missionaries now prepare for the Northwest Conference Fall Classic in two weeks at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore. The Classic counts towards the conference championship.