Delaware Women’s Golfers Capture First Ever Team Title at Season-Opening Tignanelli Towson Invitational
PHOENIX, Md. -- The University of Delaware women’s golf team captured its first team title in program history after a pair of outstanding rounds this Sunday and Monday at the season-opening Tignanelli Towson Invitational.
The Blue Hens, beginning their third year as a varsity program under head coach Patty Post, followed up their opening round 308 on Sunday with a 306 team score on Monday to win the 14-team field by eight shots. Delaware’s previous best performance had been a pair of fourth place finishes at The Spider at St. James Plantation in March, 2012 and the Tignanelli Towson Invitational last September.
The Blue Hens’ 306 round on Monday was the second lowest in program history, while the two-round total of 614 broke the previous 36-hole mark by seven shots. St. John’s finished in second place with a 622 team score, Bethune-Cookman was third at 625, and St. Francis (Pa.) and LIU-Brooklyn tied for fourth at 638.
"I am very proud of the girls and excited for them!” Post said. “They have worked very hard and definitely deserve it. The team played a solid two rounds of golf! We tried to focus on one shot at a time and doing our best. This weekend our best was good enough."
Blue Hen sophomore Vimonthip Benjasupawan posted her career low round on Monday by firing a one over par 73 on the par 72, 6,139-yard course at the Towson Golf & Country Club, finishing in third place in the individual standings with a six over par 77-73-150. Benjasupawan birdied 3 and 16 while making just three bogeys during her second round, while her third place finish was the best of her career.
Freshman Grace Chua carded her second consecutive four over par 76 round during Monday’s action, tying for fourth place with an eight over par 76-76-152 during her Delaware debut. Playing as an individual, junior Baralee Theinthong was the third Blue Hen to finish among the top 10 leaderboard, as she fired a pair of five over par 77 rounds to end up tied for eighth place at 77-77-154, 10 over par.
UD freshman Marie Bogenez fired a six over par 78 during her second round to finish in 12th place with an 11 over par 77-78-155. Right behind her were another pair of Blue Hens, as fellow rookie Vitoria Teixeira and junior Amanda Terzian each tied for 13th place with identical 13 over par 78-79-157 scores. Teixeira birdied 6 and 16 during her round on Monday, while Terzian posted her lone birdie of the day on 6 as well.
Blue Hen junior Annie Bowlsby, playing as an individual, fired a 10 over par 82 on Sunday before withdrawing from the tournament on Monday. Jennifer Neville of St. John’s earned medalist honors with a three over par 75-72-147, while Jennifer Hide of Bethune-Cookman finished in second place one shot back.
Delaware is back in action this weekend when the Blue Hens participate in the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J.