PINEHURST, N.C. -- The Old Dominion women's golf team placed third at the Pinehurst Challenge and set a new program record for a 54-hole score with an 859 team score at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina this week.
"I am glad that our program-best score belongs to this particular team, because it is a great group," said second-year head coach Mallory Hetzel. "You have to play well to finish a tournament under par and it was definitely a collective effort."
The record-breaking performance shattered the previous record of 872 by 13 strokes, set at the UNCW Seahawk Classic in the spring of 2012.
Following the first round early Monday, the Monarchs sat in a tie for seventh at +2. However, ODU then fired a -5 and -2 in the second and third rounds, respectively, to climb four spots and finish third.
All five ODU competitors placed in the top 40 of the 100-player field, as Katerina Vlasinova and Sana Tufail both finished in the top 20. Vlasinova (-2) recorded a top-15 finish for the second consecutive event, tying for 12th, while Tufail (-1) tied for 19th. Rounding out the ODU lineup were Maggie Simmermacher (+1), who finished 26th, and Charlotte De Corte (+4) and Noemie Sudron (+4), who both tied for 38th.
East Carolina (-17) won the team title, while Jacksonville State's Valentina Giraldo (-8) took home individual medalist honors.
Up next, the Monarchs close out their fall slate with the Palmetto Intercollegiate Oct. 22-24 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
"We look forward to getting back to work next week and going to Kiawah for the last tournament of the fall," said Hetzel.