Raymond Sixto/ Contributing Writer
The women’s golf team competed in the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational at Mississippi State University in West Point, Mississippi, Oct 20-22. It was their third tournament of the year, going for their third straight Top 5 finish of the year.
Senior Meghan MacLaren went into the tournament as the team’s number one golfer. She already has a victory this season coming from the Mary Fossum Invitational, Sept. 13-14, by shooting 74-73-74 (221). At the Johnie Imes Invitational, Sept. 29-30, she improved by taking nine strokes off her score, 69-73-70 (212), and finished tied for 4th. This week she shot 73-74-71 (218) and finished in tenth place – the first time all year that she did not finish in the top five.
Freshman Katerina Krasova came into this week’s tournament as the number two golfer for FIU. She shot 72-74-78 (224) which was good enough to place her tied for 20th for the tournament. That’s three shots and six spots behind her last performance.
Junior Carla Jane went into the tournament as the team’s number five golfer. She shot 74-73-79 (226) to place her tied for 28th.
Sophomores Coralia Arias and Camila Serrano went in as FIU’s third and fourth seeded golfers. Both players started the tournament looking to build on their success from their previous tournament where they had showed major improvements but neither would be so fortunate. Arias shot 79-71-76 (226) which placed her tied for 28th. Serrano shot 75-74-79 (228) to finish tied for 34th.
Junior Jasmine Wade made her first appearance of the season this week competing individually for the Panthers. She shot 81-76-88 (245) and finished tied for 65th place.
Mississippi State won the tournament on their home course followed by University of South Florida in second, University of Houston in third, University of Memphis in fourth, and FIU and Troy University tied for fifth. The next tournament will be from Nov. 2- 4 when they will play in the Pat Bradley Invitational in Sarasota, Florida.