Augusta State women finish second in home tournament

Roadrunners hold off Lady Jags

It was a familiar finish for the Augusta State women’s golf team.

For the fifth consecutive time, the Lady Jaguars came in second in the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, which was held at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

Augusta State, which hosted the event, followed up its first win of the season with a runner-up finish behind Texas-San Antonio. The Lady Jaguars posted 22-over-par 886 in the three-day event, finishing six shots behind the Roadrunners.

“We definitely have some momentum,” Lady Jaguars coach Kory Thompson said. “There was stiff competition here and they played great.”

Casey Kennedy was the top performer for Augusta State with 1-over 217, and teammate Natalie Wille was also in the top 10 with 222.

Kennedy, who was the event’s defending individual champion, entered the final round with a one-shot lead but shot 75 on Sunday. Despite falling short of claiming back-to-back titles at the tournament, she held off Texas-San Antonio’s Fabiola Arriaga and Shannon Jungman by one shot for sole possession of second place.

Meanwhile, Purdue’s Paula Reto made her charge as she won by 10 strokes.

One year after Reto shot a final-round 66 – at the time, her lowest score ever – to position her in second place behind Kennedy, Reto made four birdies on the front nine to help push her into the lead.

After a bogey on No. 12, Reto was thinking about simply getting back to making pars.

But on the par-3 13th, a good tee shot set up a birdie chance. From there, the birdies kept coming. Reto posted five of them on the last six holes to cap off a tournament-record 64.

“I was just having fun,” she said. “I told myself, ‘One shot at a time.’ ”

For Texas-San Antonio, it was the second tournament win in a row.

Three Roadrunners wound up in the top five in the individual standings, with Summer Batiste, who tied for fifth at 219, joining Arriaga and Jungman.

“Everyone loves winning, and to do it against two quality teams makes it much sweeter,” Texas-San Antonio assistant coach Ian Parnaby said of knocking off Augusta State and Purdue.

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