Vixens break pair of school records as a team at Eagle Invite

Vixens break pair of school records as a team at Eagle Invite

STAFFORD, Va. — The Sweet Briar golf team posted the lowest team round in school history on Sunday as the Vixens wrapped up the Eagle Invitational at Augustine Golf Club, while first-year Annika Kuleba placed 15th individually in the field of 54 players.

After an opening round 474 (+190), Sweet Briar, the Vixens broke a few school records during the second day of competition. The Vixens carded the lowest single round score in school history with a 461, breaking the previous record of 470 by nine strokes. Sweet Briar also broke the best single-round score against par record, with a 177-over-par tally. The Eagle Invitational, hosted by Mary Washington, also marked the first 36-hole team score posted by Sweet Briar in school history, setting the Vixens best 36-hole mark at 935 (+367).

Sweet Briar finished ninth as a team, in the field of 10 schools, and finished 203 strokes ahead of 10th-place finisher Johnson & Wales-Denver.

Individually, Kuleba (Endy, N.C.) finished 15th in the field of 54 players with a two-round score of 175 (+33). Kuleba opened the tournament by matching her school record for lowest 18-hole round, with an 83 (+12). Day two saw Kuleba card a 92, to finish three strokes behind her 36-hole school record of 172, with a two-day 175.

Sophomore Kendall Nicely (Glen Allen, Va.) and junior Meagan Phister (Moneta, Va.) finished with matching 36-hole scores of 252 (+110). Nicely opened with a 134, before shaving 16 strokes off on day two and finishing the second 18 holes with a 118. Phister shot a 124 on day one and a 128 on day two.

Making her collegiate golf debut, senior Aoife Magner (North Potomac, Md.) opened the tournament with a 133, dropping 10 strokes to card a 123 on day two for a combined 256 (+114).

Marymount finished as the team champion, edging Shenandoah by six strokes. The Saints finished with a two-day total of 681 (+113), while Mary Washington's Andrea Dill finished as the individual medalist with a 13-over par 155 (75-80).

Sweet Briar will next play in the Spartan Invitational, hosted by York College, at the Country Club of York in York, Pa. on April 6 and 7.