MARION, Ind. – Led by a pair of even par rounds from sophomore Maddie Thomas and freshman Nicole Jung the Taylor women's golf team carded the lowest single round team score in program history en route to a dominant victory at the IWU Fall Invitational on Saturday.
The Trojans tallied a team score of 9-over par 297 during the final round of the IWU Fall Invitational at Arbor Trace Golf Club en route to a program record 36-hole score of 603 (306-297) and a 13-shot victory. The score of 297 bests the record Taylor set last spring of 299 at the Ackerman-Allen Classic.
Jung opened her Taylor career in impressive fashion as the Santa Cruz, Bolivia native collected medalist honors with a Taylor record 36-hole tournament score of 1-over par 145 (73-72). Thomas set a career-best 36-hole tournament total at 148 (76-72) and finished in second place, three shots behind Jung.
The Trojans finished 13 shots clear of No. 14 Northwestern Ohio (313-303) and 27 shots ahead of the hosts from Indiana Wesleyan (318-312). The Trojans bested several Crossroads League foes en route to the victory including Indiana Wesleyan (630), Grace (658), Spring Arbor (673), and Huntington (673).
Five Trojans finished inside the top 12 in the individual standings with Jackson taking sixth place with a career-best 36-hole tournament total of 154 (77-77) followed by Helton in 11th place at 156 (80-76) and French in 12th place at 157 (80-77).
Taylor also got strong play from its individuals with sophomore Annie Stimmel finishing tied for 19th at 163 (84-79) while senior Grace Elenbaas tied for 43rd at 174 (90-84) and sophomore Alexis Harris finished in a tie for 50th at 181 (93-88) after a career-best round of 88 on Saturday.
The Trojans will be in action again on September 15-16 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Indiana in the Battle at Blackthorn.