Bal, Powers Help Kansas Finish Fifth at Duramed/Rio Verde Collegiate

March 7, 2010

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RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Senior Emily Powers fired a team-best 77 in the final round of play as she helped lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Duramed/Rio Verde Collegiate on Sunday. Kansas recorded a third-round score of 317 to bring its tournament total to 917.

Michigan took the tournament title and led through all three rounds. Michigan is the first team to win the event twice. A final round of 303 brought Michigan’s final score to 881.

Powers’ last round gave her a final score of 231 as she tied for 21st. Junior Meghna Bal led the team and ended the event with a 229 (74-76-79–229) to tie for 15th. Junior Grace Thiry tied for 28th as she shot an 85 to bring her three-day total to 233. Junior Jennifer Clark and senior Meghan Gockel each tied for 37th with scores of 235 and final rounds of 85 and 78 respectively.

Ashley Bauer of Michigan took home medalist honors as she chipped in a final-round 73 for a total of four-under par 209, the new tournament record for lowest three-round total. In addition, Bauer’s nine-stroke margin of victory is the largest in tournament history. Bauer is the third golfer from Michigan to win the event (Laurin Olin, 2005; Amy Schmucker 2006).

The Jayhawks will return to action when they travel to Florence, Ariz., to compete in the Northern Migration Invitational March 15-17.

Duramed/Rio Verde Collegiate

Final Results

Team Leaders

1. Michigan – 291-287-303–881

2. Minnesota – 296-301-298–895

3. Eastern Michigan – 297-301-306–904

4. Arkansas-Little Rock – 295-298-315–908

5. Kansas – 303-297-317–917

Individual Leaders

1. Ashley Bauer, Michigan – 68-68-73–209

2. Robyn Scott, Eastern Michigan – 70-75-73–218

3. Megan Vaughn, Arkansas-Little Rock – 73-70-77–220

3. Andrea Ratigan, Michigan – 74-72-74–220

3. Michelle Edlin, Minnesota – 71-75-74–220

Kansas Individuals

T15. Meghna Bal – 74-76-79–229

T21. Emily Powers – 75-79-77–231

T28. Grace Thiry – 75-73-85–233

T37. Jennifer Clark – 82-70-83–235

T37. Meghan Gockel – 79-78-78–235