Steen's Record 67 Leads Memphis to Title at Bobcat Invitational
Sept. 8, 2010
BOZEMAN, Mont.-- Marissa Steen fired a final round 67 to claim medalist honors en route to leading Memphis to program record two-day total and a 34 stroke victory at the 2010 Bobcat Invitational.
The Lady Tigers posted a program-low single round total for the second day in a row, turning in a four-over-par team score of 288 in round two. Memphis posted a 291 team score in the opening round, besting the previous program-low of 292.
"I couldn't imagine a better way to start the season," Memphis head coach Beth Harrelson said. "The point of this trip was to build confidence and foster bonding amongst the team. I think we certainly accomplished that."
Steen's two day total of 138 bested teammate Julia Hodgson by seven strokes for the individual title. Hodgson earned runner-up honors with a career low two-day total of 145 (72-73).
The 67 by Steen in round two is the second lowest round in program history and only the second round in the 60's during Coach Harrelson's tenure. Her 36-hole total of 137 is also the lowest in program history. Steen's previous low was 69, coming in the second round of the 2010 Hurricane Invitational.
"I worked really hard on my game this summer," Steen said. "Seeing all of my hard work pay off is a great feeling."
Memphis dominated the field, claiming the top five individual positions on the leaderboard. Freshmen Ashley Kees posted back-to-back 73's to tie with teammate Sarah Mathews for third position. Kees' third place finish is the lowest of any freshmen under Coach Harrelson.
The Lady Tigers' 36-hole total of 579 is also a new program-low, toppling the previous best of 581.
Alex Alang rounded out the Tiger-exclusive individual top-five, turning in back-to-back scores of 75 at Riverside Country Club to land in sole possession of fifth. Kathleen Glavin followed an opening round 78 with an 80 in round two to finish in a tie for 19th.
Memphis' two day total of 579 bested Montana State (613) by 34 strokes. Cal-State Fullerton finished third with a two-round total of 617.
The Lady Tigers return to action Sept. 20 when they travel to Bataviah, Ohio for the Cincinnati Fall Classic.