BELMONT, Mich. – Freshman Lauren Bailey matched her career-best round to lead the Purdue University Northwest women’s golf team on the final day of the Battle at Belmont, hosted by Davenport University.
Bailey (Wanatah, Ind./Lacrosse) knocked eight strokes off her Day 1 score with Tuesday’s 82, finishing the two-day round with a score of 172, which was a season-best and tied her for 23rd place in the field of 50.
Classmate Darian Smith (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) wasn’t far off her Day 1 score, shooting two strokes better for a 95 to finish with a 36-hole mark of 192 (39th).
Meaghan Spalla (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) rounded out PNW’s Day 2 scores with a 99, cutting a stroke from Round 1, to finish with a 199.
Madonna won the team title with a two-day round of 622, Northwestern Ohio was second (643) and Wayne State took third with a 647.
Madonna’s Grace Hallinan held on to her Day 1 lead, finishing with a two-round score of 143 to beat the field by 10 strokes.
Tuesday’s tournament completed the Purdue Northwest fall season, as PNW will return to action during the championship season beginning in March 2017.
BATTLE AT BELMONT
Boulder Creek Golf Club & Blythefield Country Club
Team scores – 1. Madonna 307-322—622; 2. Northwestern Ohio 323-320—643; 3. Wayne State 330-317--647; 4. Lake Superior State 339-332--671; t-5. Davenport 340-338—678; t-5. Cleary 340-338—678; 7. St. Francis 347-348—695; 8. Cornerstone 413-396—809; Inc. Davenport B 293-363—656; Inc. Purdue Northwest 428-D—704.
PURDUE NORTHWEST (Inc.) – t-23. Lauren Bailey 90-82—172; 39. Darian Smith 97-95—192; t-41. Meaghan Spalla 100-99—199; 59. Jenna Gericke 141-WD.