Links: Final Results
HAMBURG, N.J. – The Merrimack College women’s golf program debuted its Division I history over the weekend at the FDU Knights Fall Invitational, competing against 10 other DI institutions in their first of five tournaments of the fall. Playing in the Fairleigh Dickinson Fall Invitational at the Crystal Springs Golf Club – ranked by Golf Digest as one of the nations toughest courses – the Warriors finished in seventh place, ranking ahead of the College of Holy Cross, La Salle University and fellow Northeast Conference (NEC) member Mount Saint Mary’s.
Sophomore Jordan Laplume shot a team-best 170, and posted an impressive first-round total of 82, which put her just outside of the top 10 entering Sunday’s action. Freshmen Jacquelyn Stiles and Rachel Smith each finished with sub-180 scores to round out Merrimack’s top-three scorers.
Top Finisher: Jordan LaPlume (82-88—170/+20 | T-20th)
Location: Crystal Springs Golf Club | Hamburg, N.J.
Course Info: Par 72 | 6,800 Yards
How It Happened
- Merrimack finished Saturday’s opening round in seventh place, and held that position upon the completion of the final round. LaPlume shot a first-round 82 to pace Merrimack’s effort, and posted the 11th best score across the entire field. Graduate student Nina Harrington finished with the team’s second-best round on Saturday, shooting an 88
- After shooting a 90 and 92, respectively, in the first round, Stiles and Smith’s eight-stroke improvement highlighted the team’s effort on Sunday. Stiles shot the lowest score of the round at an 82, while Smith posted just a two-stroke difference with an 84
- Laplume’s two-round score of 170 led the group, as she was among the top-20 finishers in the entire field. As a freshman, LaPlume was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, and averaged a 79.73 score on the year, which was the second lowest score on last year’s team
- Harrington finished the tournament fourth among Merrimack’s five team players. which also included freshman Alexandra Tomasso. Junior Priscilla Hemway competed as an individual, and ranked in a tie for 33rd after shooting a 179 across the two rounds
1 Fairleigh Dickinson
2 Lehigh University
3 Wagner College
4 Long Island
5 St. Francis – PA
7 Merrimack College
8 Holy Cross
9 La Salle
10 Mount St. Mary’s
The Warriors play four straight tournaments in New England to complete their fall schedule, beginning next weekend at the Dartmouth Invitational hosted at the Hanover Country Club.