Thursday, March 03, 2016

 Meghan's par round not enough for a top 50 

finish, Florida International finish last of 16 teams

Meghan MacLaren, from Wellingborough Golf Club and a final year student at Florida International University, found her form too late to lift herself into the top 50 and her college squad away from the bottom rung - last of 16 - in the Hurricane Invitational women's college tournament at Biltmore Golf Club, Coral Gables in Florida on Wednesday.

Meghan, pictured, a strong candidate for a place in the GB and I team for the June Curtis Cup match at Dunlaoghahire GC, Dublin, followed up rounds of 79 and 74 by matching the par of 71 for the 6,080yd course. 
She had two birdies (second and third) and two bogeys (fifth and long 15th) as she tied for 55th place on 11-over-par 224 in a field of 90.
FIU team-mate Sophie Godley, like MacLaren in her final few months of her four-year course, finished 82nd on 232 with rounds of 81, 76 and 75.
Florida International's talent scouts have a lot of work to do in recruiting a much stronger new line-up for the 2016-17 college season. 
FIU finished last of 16 in the team event with a total of 900 - 72 strokes behind winners Northwestern who were runaway winners of the team time with a total of 228. Iowa State (849) were distant runners-up, ahed of third place Miami (854).
Baylor, for whom Fifer Lauren Whyte finished 87th with disappointing scores of 83, 77 and 80 for 240, came12th on 881.