Northwestern's women's golf team and freshman Stephanie Lau carded the lowest 54-hole scores in program history Sept. 20 at the 15th annual Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt University in Mason, Tennessee. The Wildcats placed four golfers in the top-17 to secure a second-place result in the tournament, the program's second consecutive top-2 finish against top-flight competition to open the season.
Lau dazzled down the stretch on the tournament's final day with five birdies over her last seven holes to finish the tournament in third place at 10-under (206). The rookie opened and closed the event with 4-under 68's, the best single-round score of the weekend for Northwestern. Her 54-hole score eclipses the previous Wildcats record of 208 set by Lauren Weaver at the 2010 Lady Northern Invitational.
Junior Kacie Komoto equaled Lau's low round with a 68 on Saturday and finished tied for 15th at 1-under for the tournament. Freshman Hannah Kim and senior Suchaya Tangkamolprasert carded matching even-par 216's to tie for 17th in the 90-player field.
Northwestern's 849 (-15) shaved four strokes off the previous 54-hole program record (853) established at the 2014 Stanford Intercollegiate on the par-71 Stanford Golf Course. Last weekend's event on the South Course of the Vanderbilt Legends Club, which played as a par-72, 6,321-yard setup, featured five golfers from each team, with four counting towards the collective score in each round. Northwestern's lineup also featured one golfer (Kaitlin Park) competing as an individual and not eligible for the team score.
The 2015 Mason Rudolph Championship featured a top-flight field of 17 teams, including seven of the top-25 programs from the end of the 2015 season. Northwestern, ranked 13th at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, took on the host Commodores, ranked 19th, as well as Alabama (25), Auburn, GRU-Augusta, Baylor (14), UCF, Georgia, Houston, LSU (11), Louisville, Michigan State, MTSU, South Carolina (6), Tulane, Virginia (15), and Yale. The Crimson Tide edged the Wildcats by one stroke to capture the title.
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