Augusta’s Haigwood wins home tournament in final attempt

Jessica Haigwood had one more chance to leave her impression on Augusta University’s home tournament.

 

The senior Jaguar didn’t disappoint.

In her final 3M Augusta Invitational appearance, Haigwood set a tournament record to run away with individual honors at Forest Hills Golf Club on Sunday.

Haigwood’s three-day total of 12-under-par 204 set a tournament low as she became the fourth Jaguar to win low medalist at the event. The last Augusta golfer to take home the individual title was Casey Kennedy in 2011, and Haigwood beat Kennedy’s previous tournament record by one stroke.

“I wanted to accomplish something by giving it all and I did,” Haigwood said. “I wanted to go out with a big boom and I just was determined to do that.

“I didn’t cry or anything, but it means something to me and I’ll always remember this, because it is my home tournament and my home course. It’s going to always stay with me.”

Haigwood shot rounds of 71-66-67 to keep Augusta in the hunt after a tough first round as a team. The Jaguars climbed back to finish third at 21-over after ending the first day near the bottom.

Purdue, a familiar contender in Augusta, won the team title at 14-over. Tennessee finished second at 18-over after a back-and-forth battle with the Boilermakers over three rounds.

“The girls have worked hard, so to be able to hang in there and put it together this week, I think should give us some confidence,” Purdue coach Devon Brouse said. “Hopefully we can keep building and keep putting it together and keep getting better.”

Haigwood’s 66 in the second round Saturday set a personal collegiate record. She racked up six birdies over the bogey-free day, then carded seven birdies around two bogeys Sunday for 67.

The Augusta event has long been kind to Haigwood, who posted her single-round season lows at Forest Hills the past two years. She got over the hump in her final attempt to claim the second individual title of her career.

“She’s really stepped up,” Augusta coach Caroline Hegg said. “Her qualifying scores the last couple weeks have been OK but nothing like this. Clearly she came in focused with a great attitude, and I couldn’t be more proud of her the way she held it together for three straight rounds.”

Daytona State’s Jiwon Jeon finished second at 5-under, while Purdue’s August Kim claimed third at 2-under.

Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216

or david.lee@augustachronicle.com.

3M Augusta Invitational

Forest Hills Golf Club

Par 72

Team

Purdue;+14

Tennessee;+18

Augusta;+21

Memphis;+24

Troy;+29

Kennesaw State;+39

Mississippi;+43

East Tennessee State;+43

Daytona State College;+43

Columbia;+57

Virginia Tech;+61

James Madison;+64

Coastal Carolina;+68

Eastern Michigan;+68

Individual

Jessica Haigwood, Augusta;71-66-67–204

Jiwon Jeon, Daytona State;65-73-73–211

August Kim, Purdue;71-71-72–214

Bianca Lohbauer, Troy;73-72-70–215

Michaela Fletcher, Memphis;70-77-72–219

Fatima Cano, Troy;74-72-73–219

Covadonga Sanjuan, Purdue;74-73-72–219

Hannah Pietila, Tennessee;71-77-72–220

Martina Flori, Mississippi;75-72-73–220

Blakesly Warren, Tennessee;72-71-77–220

Notables

Charlotte Alran, Augusta;75-75-74–224

Linda Lundqvist, Augusta;82-73-73–228

Maggie Ashmore, Augusta;75-75-79–229

Eunice Yi, Augusta;78-78-74–230

Cecilia Diez-Moliner, Augusta;80-75-76–231

Josefine Nyqvist, Augusta;78-74-80–232

Lexi Bollant, Augusta;84-80-81–245

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