KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Rutgers women’s golf placed 31st with a 997 (340-319-338) team total the Kiawah Island Classic, played Sunday through Tuesday in unseasonably cold conditions. The 36-team event, hosted by the College of Charleston, is the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country and featured five teams from the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
The Scarlet Knights played the opening 18 holes at Cougar Point and Monday’s round at Oak Point. RU concluded the event via a flight championship on Tuesday at Oak Point.
Freshman Taylor Clark (Sterling Heights, Mich.), played exceptionally well in difficult conditions on Tuesday, carding an even par 72. Competing in first position for RU, she tied for 70th in the 192-player field with a 236 (88-76-72) total.
Fellow rookie Maddy Gedeon (Roseville, Calif.) also performed well to help the young Rutgers squad. She finished tied for a 131st with a 251 (83-79-89).
Sophomores Gabrielle Sacheli (Pittsford, N.Y.), Samantha Moyal (Alameda, Calif.) and Jackie Mullens (Brookside, N.J.) comprised the rest of the Scarlet scorecard. Sacheli tied for 148th with a 255 (86-81-88), Moyal tied for 160th with a 260 (83-83-94) and Mullens tied for 181st with a 273 (100-84-89).
Kent State, which entered the tournament as the field's highest-ranked team at No. 37, took home the title with an 892 (292-302-298). Penn State was second at 906, with High Point one stroke behind in the show position with a 907. Rutgers finished ahead of Northern Kentucky (1,016), The Citadel (1,020), Bucknell (1,024), Richmond (1,049) and Niagara (1,062).
Katie Joo of Boston College and Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State shared individual medalist honors with four-over par 220 efforts.
Rutgers, under the leadership of 22nd-year head coach Maura Ballard, returns to the links at the Monterey (Calif.) Invitational, March 16-17.