STAFFORD, Va. - The Catholic University women's golf team finished eighth out of ten competing schools this past weekend at the Eagle Invitational hosted by the University of Mary Washington. The Cardinals had a strong first day of action in gorgeous Saturday weather and sat in third place, but finished with a 774 score (362-412, +206) in the two day invitational.
Three Catholic golfers shot under 95 to contribute to the 362 first round that put the team in third behind the eventual first and second place finishers, Marymount (328) and Shenandoah (346). The 362 (+78) is the team's fourth-lowest round of the year, and best in the young spring season.
Sophomore Tess Murphy led Cardinal golfers with an 84 (+13) score to finish in the top 15 out of 54 competing players. That mark is her second-lowest round of her career, behind her 82 in the second round of the Greene Turtle Invitational on October 7, 2018. Scores were higher in windy and chillier conditions on Sunday, but Murphy tied for the best team score on the second day of competition with a 101, finishing at +43.
Senior Kelly Wright and freshman Mary Colella followed on day one, both carding 91 (+20). Wright matched her career-best score with the 91 and matched Murphy's second round 101 to finish second best on the team (+50). Colella shot a 106 on Sunday afternoon for an overall 197 (+55).
The team will be back in action for Landmark competition next weekend at the Susquehanna Spring Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. The Cardinals tee off at Bucknell Golf Club on Saturday, April 6 for a two day tournament.