VANCOUVER – The No. 4-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s golf team had the second-best round in school history on Tuesday to earn a comeback victory at the 2015 Battle at Primm tournament in Nipton, Calif., which featured a field full of the NAIA’s best teams.
UBC shot a 1-over par 289 on Tuesday to finish the event with a two-round score of 11-over 587 (298-289). The Thunderbirds won by 10 strokes, despite trailing by four entering the final day of action.
NAIA No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) and No. 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) tied for second place.
Stephanie Wong (Richmond, B.C.) and Kat Kennedy (Okotoks, Alta.) finished joint second on the individual leaderboard, as both ended up at 2-under 142.
Wong, a senior, shot an even-par 72 on Monday and followed up with a 2-under 70 on Tuesday. Second-year player Kennedy had rounds of 74 and 68. She was the only golfer in the field to card a round in the 60’s on Tuesday.
Rookie Barbara Neto-Bradley (Porto, Portugal) placed 12th with a score of 7-over 151 (79-72). Winnie Hyun (Langley, B.C.) tied for 18th at 10-over 154 (75-79) and Reagan Wilson (Calgary) concluded the event in a tie for 36th. The senior fired rounds of 77 and 86 for a two-day total of 19-over 183.
Catherine Rousseau (Quebec City) played as an individual and therefore, her score didn’t count towards the UBC team result, but the rookie was impressive in earning a tie for 10th at 6-over 150 (76-74).
The Thunderbirds’ team score of 289 on Tuesday tied the squad’s performance from the final round of the Association of Independent Institutions conference championship on April 30, 2013 in Victoria, Texas, as the second-best in program history.
The school record for lowest team round is 287, which was set on first day of play at the 2013 A.I.I. tournament (April 29, 2013). Wilson and Wong were also on the 2013 team and have contributed to UBC’s three best rounds ever.
Today’s tournament victory is also the third of the season for the Thunderbirds, after claiming October wins at the Concordia (Ore.) Invitational in Portland, Ore., and the Victoria Vikes Shootout. Their next event will be the Montana State University Bobcat Spring Invitational, taking place March 30-31 in Goodyear, Ariz.