SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sophomore Raquel Helton fired a career-low round of 79 to lead the Taylor women's golf team to a fourth place finish in the 11-team field at the Battle at Blackthorn on Saturday.
Helton's two-round total of 159 earned the sophomore from Greenwood, Ind., a tie for sixth place in the 55-player field and helped the Trojans to a two-round total of 658. Taylor carded a final-round 330 with freshmen Maddie Thomas and Annie Stimmel adding scores of 82 and 84, respectively along with an 85 from senior Brittany Pfaff and an 87 from sophomore Elizabeth Jackson.
Taylor entered the final round in fourth place with a slim three shot advantage over Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats carded a final round 324 to edge Taylor by three shots but the Trojans managed to pass Olivet Nazarene (321-344) to remain in fourth place.
Saint Francis (Ind.) claimed the team title with a score of 634 (315-319) with the Cougars' Marissa Singer carding a two-round total of 154 (78-76) to take home individual medalist honors.
The hosts from Bethel (318-321) and Indiana Wesleyan (331-324) rounded out to the top three.
Along with Helton's tie for sixth place Thomas finished tied for 15th (83-82) followed by Pfaff in a tie for 20th (83-85), Jackson in a tie for 23rd (82-87), and Stimmel in a tie for 30th (90-84).
The Trojans will wrap up the fall season next weekend when the Trojans host 14 teams in the Swan Lake Intercollegiate at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Indiana on Friday and Saturday.