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Lady golfers finish third in Husker+s Chip and Club Invitational Low scores, ace highlight Bears+ play

Sept. 12, 1996

Lady golfers finish third in Husker's Chip and Club Invitational

Low scores, ace highlight Bears' play

Michelle Ward

Lariat Sports Staff

Head Coach Sylvia Ferdon had high expectations for her young golf team entering the first tournament of the season, Nebraska's Chip and Club Invitational.

'My goal is to place in the top five finishes,' Ferdon said in an interview before the tournament.

She hoped, however, her squad would find their way into the top three at Nebraska.

Ferdon's hope became a reality Tuesday as the Bears finished in third place at Nebraska behind nationally ranked Texas Tech and Nebraska.

'It was great,' Ferdon said.

The Bears did have the Nebraska Invitational title within their grasps after the second round of play.

The team had tied the low team total of the tournament with a round of 309, that left the Bears just six strokes out of the lead.

However, the golfers would not be able to match their second round score in the final round shooting a 332.

'We had a really good chance of winning it,' said Sally Gotcher, a Garland sophomore. 'We were really happy with where we were.'

Gotcher, who finished in 14th place individually, accomplished something rare in golf. She made a hole in one on the first day of the Nebraska Invitational, giving her a second round score of 77.

'She is really becoming a consistent player,' Ferdon said.

Debuting in her first collegiate tournament, Mary Coleman Hornsby, a Blythewood, S.C., freshman, led the Bears individually with a sixth-place finish.

Hornsby, a nationally ranked junior player, was on par for the day going into the 17th hole.

Hornsby, in contention for a second-place individual finish, experienced problems with the water on the 17th hole giving up four shots.

'I was hoping to play better,' Hornsby said.

After an 87 first round score, Christy Cervantes, a Bastrop junior, was able to bring her next two rounds down finishing with a 79 and 84.

She missed a top 20 finish by only three strokes.

Ali Brewer, a Crockett freshman, and Cristy Miller, a Woodlands junior, rounded out the Baylor squad.

Although the first invitational has brought Baylor success, the young squad will continue to work on lowering their scores.

The team goal has been set at a 315 daily score. With the lowering of scores, this will allow more players to break into the top 20.

'I know we have the talent to have all five players in the top 20,' Ferdon said.

The men's squad will compete in their first invitational this weekend at the Eisenhower Blue Golf Course at United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The men's opener will consist of competitors from seven different conferences, including four other Big 12 schools.

Under the leadership of Coach Gene Shields for the past 18 years, the men's program has proven itself as one of the nations top programs in one of the country's best conferences.

Following the men's tournament, both teams head back to the Ridgewood Country Club driving range in preparation for the upcoming inaugural season in the Big 12.

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