Vixens finish 10th at Spartan Invite; team breaks school records

Vixens finish 10th at Spartan Invite; team breaks school records

YORK, Pa. — For the third-consecutive round the Sweet Briar golf team broke school records as a team, with the Vixens finishing 10th at the Spartan Invitational with the lowest 36-hole team score in school history at the Country Club of York.

As a team, the Vixens placed 10th in the field of 12 teams with a combined score of 879 (+295, 458-421). The previous low 36-hole total for the Vixens was posted a week prior to the Spartan Invitational at the Eagle Invitational where the Vixens carded a team score of 935. Sweet Briar also reset the lowest score against par record in school history, with a 295-over par two-day total.

Round two at the Spartan Invitational saw all four members of the Vixens' lineup shave strokes off of their day one totals, leading to a team tally of 421 on day two. The Vixens' round two score of 421 is the lowest single-round team score in Sweet Briar history, a 37-stroke improvement on the record that was previously set a day before in the opening round of the Spartan Invitational.

Individually, first-year Annika Kuleba (Endy, N.C.) led Sweet Briar with a two-day total of 181 (+35, 93-88), which included a five-shot improvement from her opening round. Kuleba not only shaved five strokes from her opening round score on day two, she rose five places on the leaderboard to finish the 36-hole tournament tied for 21 in the field of 54.

Junior Meagan Phister (Moneta, Va.) rose three places in the individual standing and finished tied for 42nd as she carded a two-day total of 205 (+59, 108-97). Phister's day-two total of 97 reset the school record for lowest round by a junior and created a new career-best mark for Phister.

Sophomore Kendall Nicely (Glen Allen, Va.) improved three spots on the leaderboard, finishing with a two-day mark of 244 (+98, 132-112) to finish 49th in the field. Nicely's shaved 20 strokes off her opening day score of 132, carding a 112 during the tournament's final 18 holes.

The Vixens' lineup was wrapped-up by senior Aoife Magner (North Potomac, Md.) who dropped a stroke on day two and finished 51st with a two-day total of 249 (+103, 125-124). Magner finished one-stroke off of matching her previous career-best round of 123.

Sweet Briar's 10th-place finish, saw the Vixens finish 64 strokes ahead of 11th-place finishers, Washington & Jefferson.

The tournaments host, York (Pa.), was the team champion as the Spartans finished with a team score of 643 (+59, 318-325). Alvernia's Emily Gilbert was the individual medalist, carding a two-day 153 (+7, 82-72).

The Vixens head into a busy weekend from April 12-15, with a pair of golfers competing as individuals at the Dutchmen Fall Invitational at Lebanon Country Club in Lebanon, Pa. on April 12 and the full lineup competing at the Goucher Spring Invitational on April 14 and 15 at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md.