BEDMINSTER, N.J. – Rutgers women’s golf tied for eighth with a 664 (335-329) total at the 17-team Pirate Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday at Trump National Golf Club. After sustained winds hampered performance on the par 72, 6,143-yard course on day one, conditions and play improved on Sunday.
Sophomore Samantha Moyal (Alameda, Calif.) was the Scarlet Knights' top competitor. She placed tied for 17th in the 90-player field with a 161 (82-79). Moyal had 23 pars and was plus two in par three scoring.
Sophomore Christina Paulsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) also performed well and tied for 20th with a 162 (80-81) effort. She had four birdies and was plus two in par three scoring.
Freshmen Maddy Gedeon (Roseville, Calif.) and Taylor Clark (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and sophomore Melanie Chambers (Henderson, Nev.) comprised the rest of the RU competing five. Gedeon tied for 44th with a 170 (87-83), Clark tied for 57th with a 173 (88-85) and Chambers tied for 69th with a 178 (86-92).
Columbia captured first place with a 631 (322-309), one stroke better than second place Yale. Individually, Columbia's Michelle Piyapattra defeated St. John's Anna Kim on the second playoff hole to win medalist honors after both finished with four-over par 148 totals after 36 holes.
Rutgers, under the leadership of 22nd-year head coach Maura Ballard, returns to the links at the American Athletic Conference Championship, April 20-22 in Palm Coast, Fla.