Golf teams rally to improve final scores in tournaments

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    The men’s and women’s golf teams came back in the final rounds of their tournaments to jump up several places in the final standings.The women’s golf team tied for second out of 16 teams Tuesday at the Jeannine McHaney Intercollegiate Tournament in Lubbock after a slow start in the first two rounds, said head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.

    “We left a few shots out there the first two rounds, but we talked about being focused Monday night and it worked out,” Ravaioli-Larkin said.

    The team shot a final round 2-under-par 286 for its second lowest round in team history.

    Senior Catherine Matranga shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish in an individual three-way tie for second place. The Frogs were only three strokes behind the championship team, SMU.

    Ravaioli-Larkin said the leadership and depth on the team helped the team play well in Lubbock.

    “We have so much talent, and our seniors did a fabulous job competing,” Ravaioli-Larkin said.

    Senior Camille Blackerby, who was the other top 10 finisher for the Frogs at No. 9, said mental toughness helped the team come back in the final round.

    “We played really well when we needed to, which was at the end,” Blackerby said.

    The men’s team faced a similar situation this weekend in Rocky Face, Ga., at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Tournament. The team finished No. 12 out of 18 teams in the most competitive tournament of the season, said head coach Bill Montigel.

    “We got off to a slow start, but played well the second round and great the last round,” Montigel said.

    TCU was No. 15 going into the last day, but senior Drew Stolz shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to help the Frogs climb up three places. Stolz was the team’s highest finisher, placing No. 27 out of 90 golfers.

    Junior Franklin Corpening finished one stroke and three places behind Stolz to be the Frog’s second highest finisher.

    The women’s team will tee off Oct. 6 in Greenville, S.C., at the Lady Paladin Invitational.

    The men’s team will play Oct. 2 at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn.