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Oct. 13, 2007
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The USC Upstate women's golf team shot the fifth-lowest team score Saturday afternoon and the effort paid off to allow the Spartans to move up four spots for a fifth-place finish at the Rutgers Invitational played on the 5,847-yard, par-72 Rutgers University Golf Club.
"The team really rallied today and played with heart," said head coach Todd Lawton. "I was very impressed with how strong their desire was to move up in the field. We need to do a better job of finishing. We were 13-over-par as a team the final two holes today. But, moving up to fifth is a pretty good result in rebounding from yesterday's round."
Upstate improved its score by 22 strokes over Friday's first round, turning in a 322 total to finish in a tie for fifth place with host Rutgers and Bucknell. Bethune-Cookman won the tournament with a 318-306=624 total and was followed by Yale (633), St. John's (642), Siena (645), Upstate (666), Rutgers (666) and Bucknell (666) in the Top 5. Lehigh was tied for eighth with a 673 total and was followed by Central Connecticut (676), Sacred Heart (679), Fairleigh Dickinson (679), Boston U. (690), Hartford (692), Monmouth (692), St. Francis (698), New York State-Albany (706), Mount St. Mary's (734) and Hampton (741) in the 18-team tournament.
Individually, Richelle Wedzik shot a second round 77, improving by six strokes over Friday, to claim a Top 10 finish. She finished in a tie for ninth with a 160 total. Julie Miller improved by two stokes over Friday, turning in an 82 and finishing with a 166 total to finish in a tie for 30th. Richia Wedzik improved her score by 10 strokes over Friday's round, finishing with an 80, a 170 total and a tie for 44th. Traci Bodner also finished tied for 44th with a 170 total, while Johanna Ebenhag (178) was tied for 69th.
"Richelle (Wedzik) continues to be a player we can look to in every tournament. She is a very solid base."
Yale's Ellie Brophy entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lambertson of St. John's. She equaled Lambertson's 74 Saturday to finish as the individual champion by one stroke with a 150 total in the field of 98 players.
See attached pdf files for detailed team and individual results.