Toledo brought home some hardware from its season-opening tournament Sunday by posting a 13-stroke victory over Bowling Green at Illinois State’s Redbird Invitational in Normal.Senior Allison Schultz buoyed the Rockets’ strong start to the season by carding a career-low six-over par 222 (75-75-72) to post a career-best second-place finish.
UT entered the day with a three-stroke lead over the Falcons and ended up shooting the best round of the day to win the title.
“It’s great to open the season with a win,” Toledo Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “Winning a tournament is difficult, but we went out from the start today and played some great golf. The pin placements were a lot harder, and the wind was challenging again. I’m extremely proud of the way we competed.”
Schultz was supported by four teammates who each placed in the Top 31 of the tournament. Junior Kate Hoops (74-79-79) and sophomore Becky Martin (77-76-79) tied for 15th place at 16-over 232; freshman Sathika Ruenreong tied for 25th place at 19-over 235 (77-81-77); and freshman Manisa Isavas tied for 31st place at 23-over 239 (85-77-77).
“Allison was consistent throughout the weekend,” Hollingsworth said of Schultz, who birdied her final two holes to finish with an even-par 72. “She has improved a lot since she was a freshman, and it’s great to see someone who’s worked so hard enjoy success.”
In addition to the Rockets’ official lineup, sophomore Stephanie St-Jean also performed well competing as an individual by tying for a career-best sixth place with a career-low 13-over 229 (74-77-78).
Toledo will return to action next weekend when it travels to East Lansing for Michigan State’s Fossum Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16.
“It was an exciting day for us considering we have such a young team and we didn’t have much of a practice round yesterday,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m proud of how everyone played today, especially with the windy conditions.”