Toledo came close to winning its second tournament of the season Sunday at the Rio Verde Invitational, but couldn’t overcome the red-hot play of Seton Hall’s top two players.The Rockets finished in a second-place tie, just four strokes behind the Pirates at the par-72, 6,215-yard White Wing course at Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona.
All five Rockets registered rounds between three-over par 75 and five-over par 77 with junior Morgan Salm setting the pace at three-over 75. Senior Jennifer Elsholz and freshman Napahan Phongpaiboon each carded a four-over par 76, while UT’s top two finishers, juniors Sathika Ruenreong and Manisa Isavas, each notched five-over par 77s.
Ruenreong led Toledo in the event by tying for fourth place at six-over par 222 (74-71-77). Senior Stephanie St-Jean also tied for fourth place with rounds of 73-74-75, but was competing as an individual. Isavas tied for 10th place at eight-over 224 (75-72-77), while Elsholz tied for 17th place at 10-over par 226 (76-74-76). Salm tied for 47th place at 17-over par 233 (80-78-75), and Phongpaiboon tied for 54th place at 18-over par 234 (76-82-76).
Seton Hall captured the tournament title with a 32-over par 896 with Toledo tying Northern Arizona for second place at 36-over par 900.
The Pirates’ Erin McClure (71-73-74) and Alison Kruse (72-74-72) tied for first place at two-over par 218.