PUERTO VALLARTA---The Chattanooga Mocs women's golf team fired the second-best total of Saturday's final round of Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational. The squad's 294, the lowest of their three scores at El Tigre Golf Club, gave the ladies a fourth-place finish with 894.
Freshman Rheagan Hall had the top tally with an even-par 72. Esme Hamilton shot 73 with Maddy McDanel at 74. Monica San Juan completed the counting cards with 75. Kirsty Beckwith had the drop score of 76.
San Juan earned her second top 10 of 2018-19, eighth of her career, tying for ninth with 220. Hamilton, McDanel and Hall finished within two strokes of each other with 225, 226 and 227, respectively. Beckwith added 229.
No. 10 Arizona ran away with the win posting 10-under 854. Fresno State (890) and Kennesaw State (890) tied for second, four in front of the Mocs. Idaho was fifth at 895, while Tennessee rounded out the top half of the field with 897. The Wildcats Bianca Pagdanganan won individually by six strokes with a 9-under 207.
Chattanooga is back in action in six days at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic. The difficult University Club awaits the ladies in a three-day, 54-hole event played Friday through Sunday, March 29-31.
Team: 4th of 12, 302-298-294=894 (+30)
T9) Monica San Juan: 73-72-75=220 (+4)
T23) Esme Hamilton: 79-73-73=225 (+9)
T26) Maddy McDanel: 77-75-74=226 (+10)
T31) Rheagan Hall: 77-78-72=227 (+11)
T37) Kirsty Beckwith: 75-78-76=229 (+13)
3 NOTES TO KNOW
- Hall's level-par 72 is her first career par or better 18. The freshman from nearby Cleveland turned in 72 in the final round of the Princess Anne Invite in October, but that was a 2-over tally.
- Hamilton set new bests across the board. She recorded her first top 25 while carding new lows for 18 (73) and 54-hole (225) scores.
- Season-high birdie totals for a round (12) and tournament (30). The Mocs reached the 30 mark for the first time since recording 36 in last February's Moon Golf Invite.
Par 3 (Counting Cards: +16): Kirsty Beckwith/Monica San Juan +2.
Par 4 (+20): San Juan/ Maddy McDanel +4.
Par 5 (-6): Esme Hamilton -4.
Eagles (0): N/A.
Birdies (30): Hamilton/McDanel 8.
Pars (137): San Juan 39.