Women's Golf Captures Ladies Spring Classic, Garza in First
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Spring season started with a win for the Centenary women’s golf team, as the team captured the Ladies Spring Classic, held Monday and Tuesday at the Shreveport Country Club. Sophomore Jessica Garza took the individual tournament championship Tuesday to lead the Ladies.

Keyed by Garza’s round of 76 Tuesday, the Ladies captured the tournament crown by 19 strokes, shooting a two-round team score of 664 (334-330). Centenary, serving as tournament hosts on the par-71 course at the Shreveport Country Club, finished with three players in the top 10, winning their first tournament of the 2006-07 season.

Starting the day in third place and trailing by four strokes, Garza shot 1-over on the back nine to capture her second collegiate tournament. The McKinney, Texas, native picked up her game on the final five holes of Tuesday’s round, recording two birdies on the final two holes. In total, Garza played the final five holes at 2-under.

On the final hole of the tournament, the sophomore holed out a chip shot from the back edge of the green for a birdie-3. With her approach shot going over the pin, Garza had 20 feet with little green to work with for the chip-in.

Asked what she was trying to do on the chip shot, Garza replied she was just trying to get the ball close to the hole.

Shasta Averyhardt of Jackson State, the overall leader heading into final round, shot an 83 Tuesday to finish in second place, three strokes behind Garza.

In an up-and-down round Tuesday, Centenary junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) finished in fourth place with a two-round total of 162 (80-82). Standing in second place entering the final round, Mims had to recover from back-to-back sevens on holes six and seven in Tuesday’s round.

After hitting the ball into a water hazard on her approach shot and triple-bogeying seven, Mims impressively regrouped to par the next five holes to stay in contention. She played the final 11 holes in Tuesday’s round at 3-over for a round of 82, registering her highest finish thus far this season.

Sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) shot a final round score of 85, parring out the final three holes, to finish in seventh place (168), rounding out the Centenary players in the top 10.

Finishing tied for 13th, her highest finish of her career, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) shot an 87 in the final round, improving by three strokes over Monday’s first round. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) shot an 89 Tuesday to finish 17th with a two-round score of 179. Newton tied for third amongst all players in birdies for the tournament (2).

Competing as an individual, sophomore Bethany Cox (Ruston, La.) had rounds of 92-92 over the two days to finish with a score of 184 and stand in 22nd place. Freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) showed the most improvement of any Centenary player from Monday to Tuesday, improving by 16 strokes over the two rounds. Byrne shot a final round score of 87 to stand in 29th place (190).

Over the two days, Garza led all players in scoring on both par 4 holes and par 5 holes. Mims led all players with 19 pars, with Garza right behind with 17.

UMKC, led by third-place finisher Brittany Hofer (161), finished in second place with a team score of 683. Finishing three strokes behind, Jackson State took third place with a score of 686.

Looking to build off of their first tournament win of the season, Centenary travels to Mobile, Ala. for next week’s University of South Alabama Lady Jaguar Invitational. The two-day event will be held at the Azalea City Golf Club, with the first round commencing Monday, March 5.

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