Story by Kelly Diesel, Contributing writer
The Murray State women’s golf team won their latest golf match hosted by Georgia State at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Georgia March 26-28.
Both Murray State and Eastern Kentucky finished in first of 15 teams at the end of regulation play with scores of 888, forcing a playoff round between the universities. The Racers broke the tie on their first hole of the playoff to give them two consecutive wins in their last two matches.
Murray State shot 294 in the first round, 296 in the second and finished the third round shooting 293.
Eastern Kentucky shot 294 in the first round, 296 in their second and 298 in the final round.
Head Coach Velvet Milkman said she is proud of the way the Racers performed in their match.
“I am extremely pleased,” Milkman said. “Our goal is to always win, and we’ve won our last two matches so I am very proud and pleased with that.”
Murray State’s Lucila Puente Rodriguez, freshman from Sevilla, Spain, led the way for the Racers finishing with the best score on the team. Rodriguez shot 73 in her first round, 75 in her second round and 72 on her final round to total a final score of 220.
Linette Holmslykke, sophomore from Vejle, Denmark, shot 73 in her first round 77 in her second and 71 in her final round to total a score of 221. Holmslykke finished the match in sixth place.
The Racers’ Moa Folke, junior from Tranas, Sweden and Anna Moore, junior from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, took home 14th place in the match with scores of 225. Folke shot 76 in her first round, 74 in her second and finished her final round with 75. Moore shot 71 in her first round, 76 in her second and 78 in her final round.
In individual play, the Racers’ Raeysha Surendran, freshman from Selangor, Malaysia, took home eighth place. Surendran shot 74 in her first round, 73 in her second round and 75 in her final round to total 222 for her final score.
Milkman said she was also pleased with Surendran’s performance in her individual play.
“I think she has certainly got a lot better since last fall,” Milkman said. “She’s put together four really good rounds and I’m excited about her progress.”
Murray State will host its next and final match of the 2016 regular season before competing in the OVC Tournament. The Racers’ final match will be April 7-8 in Murray at Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course.
Milkman said she looks forward to playing at home for their last match of the regular season.
“With it being our home golf course, I certainly feel like it will give us a little bit of an advantage,” Milkman said. “The goal is to go in and win not only the team title but the individual title as well. I think that would be a good confidence builder going into the OVC.”