Toledo continued to re-write its record book Tuesday en route to a sixth-place showing at the highly competitive Central District Invitational hosted by Michigan State University in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The Rockets shattered their 54-hole school record by 17 strokes after posting an impressive nine-over par 873 (296-287-290) at the par-72, 6,325-yard Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Country Club.
UT, which entered the tourney ranked No. 86 nationally, was competing against a field that included three top 25 teams and ended up finishing in front of No. 44 Notre Dame, No. 56 Minnesota and No. 69 Chattanooga.
Sophomore Sathika Ruenreong capped off a tremendous tournament by placing fifth with a school-record stroke total of six-under par 210 (72-67-71). Sophomore Manisa Isavas tied the previous program best held by Tammy Clelland (in 2005) with a two-under par 214 (70-72-72) to tie for 11th place.
Junior Stephanie St-Jean produced her best collegiate round with a one-under 71 to tie for 45th place and finish with a career-low eight-over par 224 (76-77-71).
Rounding out the Rocket lineup were junior Jennifer Elsholz (T-56th/78-71-79=228) and senior Kate Hoops (64th/78-82-76=236). Sophomore Morgan Salm competed as an individual and tied for 62nd place at 18-over par 234 (76-78-80).
“This was such an important tournament for us because we showed we can compete with teams that are ranked higher than us,” Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “We played as well as any team I’ve coached in 17 years, and our performance shows us what our potential can be. It was a great team effort, and that’s what you need to be successful in collegiate golf.”
No. 15 Vanderbilt (276-287-281=844) edged out No. 18 the University of Central Florida (280-281-284=845) for the tournament title with the host Spartans (288-278-283=849) finishing five strokes behind the Commodores.
Vanderbilt’s Simin Feng (67-69-71) and MSU’s Alyssa Ferrell (71-67-69) tied for first place at nine-under par 207 with Feng winning a playoff to earn medalist honors.
Toledo will return to action Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, with its annual trip to Rio Verde, Ariz., for the Rio Verde Invitational.