Lennartsson places 10th, leads team

Ed Marlowe
Staff writer

 

Junior Alexandra Lennartson works on her swing during a recent practice. || Photos courtesy of Murray State Athletics

Just one month before the OVC Championship and it seems the Racers are hitting their stride.

Competing this past weekend in the John Kirk – Panther Intercollegiate Tournament, junior Alexandra Lennartsson paced the Racers with a 10th place finish carding a 70-74-78=222.

The tournament, which took place March 25 through 27 at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., fielded 63 individuals and 11 teams for the event.

Sophomore Delaney Howson and senior Morgan Cross shared 21st place shooting 74-74-79=227 and 74-77-76=227, respectively. Junior Alli Weaver finished 45th after shooting a three-round 239 while freshman Sophie Ollie was 58th, finishing with a 260.

With team rounds of 299-304-312=915, the Racers finished just ahead of host team Georgia State (921) for eighth place, but just behind 7th place OVC foe Jacksonville State who finished with a team score of 907.

Freshman Gina Nuzzo represented the Racers as an individual, finishing 52nd with a three-round 245.

Lennartsson, who aced a 130-yard par 3 with a seven iron in a practice round this past weekend, said she thinks the team is just a few small steps from being ready for the OVC Championship.

“It’s good that we’ve got some time,” she said. “But it’s not like we’re really far back from being ready for the OVC.”

The Racers run with three upperclassmen, one sophomore and one freshman in their lineup and Lennartsson said the pressures of playing with upperclassmen can be tough in tournament play.

“I would feel, at least, a lot of pressure that I have to play good because the rest are already playing good,” she said.

With plenty of time to settle down, the Racers next tune-up comes next week at the Ole Miss Rebel Invitational, held April 6 through 8 at the Ole Miss University Golf Club in Oxford, Miss.