WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's golf team overcame a 10-shot deficit heading into Tuesday's final round, shooting a tournament-best 15-over par 299, to win the 14-team USF Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of South Florida at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. The win was the third of the season for the Hoyas, setting a new program record for tournament victories in a season.
"I am so proud of this team once again for demonstrating excellence," Georgetown Head Coach Kate Schanuel said. "They have been so open and resilient all season long and that is hard to do. I am just excited for them and their accomplishments."
The Hoyas finished the tournament with a 66-over par 918 to defeat Division II powerhouses Barry University and Lynn University by six and seven strokes, respectively. The three schools held a top-three position after each round and each held a lead during Tuesday's 18 holes. Towson (77-over par) and William & Mary (80-over par) rounded out the top five.
Senior Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) was Georgetown's top finisher, carding a 16-over par 229. She rebounded from an 81 in Monday's second round to shoot a 2-over par 73 on Tuesday, climbing 16 spots to finish in a tie for sixth place.
Junior Christina Parsells (Bernardsville, N.J./Kent Place) also shot a 2-over par 73 in the final round to move up 14 spots and finish in a tie for 14th at 18-over par. Senior Lauren Gros (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep) tied for 16th place with a 19-over par, and junior Alexa Popowitz (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) was one shot behind, finishing in a tie for 18th.
On Monday, the Hoyas shot a 19-over par 303 in the first round to hold a one-shot lead over Lynn. Gros led all individuals after the first 18 holes with a 2-over par 73, while Eleey was tied for fourth at 4-over par.
The Blue & Gray carded a 32-over par in Monday's second round to fall to third place, 10 strokes behind Lynn and just three behind Barry. Popowitz shot a 4-over par 75 to climb the individual player rankings and sit in a tie for eighth place at an overall 11-over par. Gros slipped down to a tie for 18th place at 13-over par, while Eleey sat in a tie for 22nd at 14-over par.