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Women's golf claims top-10 finish but wished for more

Oct. 26, 2000

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports Editor

The No. 21-ranked Baylor women's golf team picked up two spots in the final round to finish seventh in the Central District Classic Invitational in Parrish, Fla., Tuesday. Baylor has now finished in the top 10 of every tournament they have competed in this year.

Northwestern University took the team title by four strokes over Kent State University. Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University filled out the top five.

'I have no complaints about our last round,' Baylor head Coach Sylvia Ferdon said, 'but we need to come out of the blocks like that. I really anticipated us being in the top five.'

True freshman Michaelyn Morgan fired a final round 76 to pace the Bears with her 25th-place finish overall. However, she had to play with a heavy heart following the death of a close friend.

'I told her I admired her courage,' Ferdon said. 'She's a great, brave young woman.'

Sophomore Melanie Hagewood shot a 75 on the final 18 and finished the tournament 27th on the individual leaderboard. Meanwhile, junior Nicole Johnson and sophomore Hanna Sofia Svenningson both finished in the top 35.

'I'm satisfied with my final round,' Hagewood said. 'It was very windy and the greens were fast, and they put some pins in places that were kind of overwhelming.'

Next up for the Lady Bears is a trip to Las Cruces, N.M., for the 2000 Price's-NMSU Collegiate Women's Golf Invitational Oct. 30-31. It is the last tournament of the fall season and an event in which Ferdon said Baylor has traditionally performed well.

'It's a big fall tournament,' she said. 'A lot of the teams in our [central] region will be there, and it gives a chance to go head-to-head with some top-25 teams in the western region.'