Trio cards career-best rounds; Kuleba finishes 23rd with new school record

Trio cards career-best rounds; Kuleba finishes 23rd with new school record

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — All three Sweet Briar golfers playing in the Greene Turtle Invitational recorded career-best rounds, while first-year Annika Kuleba broke her own school record and established a second school record during the final round at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

Kuleba (Endy, N.C.) shot a final round 83 to finish the tournament 23rd in the 50-player field with a combined score of 172 (+30, 89-83). 

In addition to her 23rd-place finish, Kuleba broke her own Sweet Briar school record for lowest 18-hole round as her 83 surpassed a pair of 89's she carded in the opening two rounds of the season. In Sweet Briar's young golf history, the Greene Turtle Invitational marked the first 36-hole tournament the Vixens had ever participated in, allowing Kuleba to establish the lowest 36-hole score in school history with her two-day 172.

Junior Meagan Phister (Moneta, Va.) shot a career-best 115 on day two to post a two-day score of 236 (+94, 121-115). Phister finished 44th in the field following 36 holes.

The Vixens' lineup was rounded out by Kendall Nicely (Glen Allen, Va.), who finished 46th overall by carding a two-day total of 240 (+98, 129-111). Nicely's 111 on day two set a new personal best mark for the sophomore.

Jordan Koller of York (Pa.) climbed the scoreboard during the final 18 holes, surpassing teammate and day one leader — Shelby Tapman. Koller was the tournaments individual medalist after posting a two-day 151 (+9, 77-74). York was the team champion with a team score of 622 (+54, 315-307).

The Vixens are scheduled to complete the fall portion of the 2018-19 golf season on Thursday, October 11, with the Knights Invitational at Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va.