GVSU women's golf wins super regional preview
Taylor, Shipley lead Lakers in convincing tournament win
The Grand Valley State women’s golf team captured a commanding victory at the NCAA East Super Regional Preview on Sunday.
The Lakers got out to a comfortable lead after the first day of the tournament. The team’s total of 306 put it ahead by 16 strokes.
The Lakers were able to add onto their lead and shoot a combined score of 614 (+32) for the tournament, 34 strokes ahead of California University of Pennsylvania, Drury University and the University of Illinois-Springfield.
GVSU finished the tournament with four players carding scores in the top 10 of all individuals.
Alex Taylor led the way for the Lakers. Taylor carded the best individual score of the tournament with a two-day score of 150 (+6). After shooting a 78 on the first day, Taylor fired an even par 72 to catapult into first place.
“I hit a lot of greens and I was hitting the ball confidently,” Taylor said. “I tried to hit the middle of the greens and make a two-putt.”
Freshman Alex Amos followed Taylor with a two-day score of 152 (+8). Amos also carded an even par 72, holing three birdies on the first day of the tournament. Amos finished just behind Taylor for second place.
“My putting was my strong point this weekend,” Amos said. “I was very confident with my putter.”
Amos needed just 29 putts in her first day round of 72.
Senior Gabrielle Shipley finished tied for fourth overall. After shooting an uncharacteristic 81 (+9) on day one, Shipley bounced back with a 75 (+3) on the second day. This is Shipley’s second consecutive weekend finishing with a top five individual score.
Junior Danielle Crilley added to the mix with a score of 158 (+14), finishing tied for eighth place for the tournament.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lakers was junior Samantha Moss. Moss fired a 164 (+20), good enough for a tie in 23rd place.
Many of the Lakers’ scores improved from their last tournament.
“Not only did those scores improve from last weekend, but I think they were even better than what they look on paper because of the conditions we played in and the difficulty of the course," said GVSU head coach Rebecca Mailloux.
The weather at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield, Illinois did not make play easy, with wind at 20 mph with temperatures in the 40s.
The Lakers were able to battle the weather, and took full advantage of playing teams outside of a tough GLIAC conference. Many of the teams in the tournament were from the GLVC Conference, including the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who finished in fifth place.
GVSU was to get revenge on UMSL, who won last weekend’s Gilda’s Club Laker Fall Invite by seven strokes.
The NCAA East Super Regional Preview was a preview for the Super Regional that will take place in May 2016. GVSU hopes to carry over the success from this weekend into May.
The Lakers will look for back-to-back victories at the Big Beall Classic on Oct. 11 and 12. The two-day tournament will be held at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio.