Lone senior goes low again for VU women at NCAA championship

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:14pm
Staff reports

Brooke Goodwin closed out her college career with a third straight sub-par round as Vanderbilt finished seventh in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

Goodwin, VU’s only senior, had three birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under (71) Friday in the final round of the national championship event. She shot 2-under in the third round and 1-under in the second after having opened with a 76 (4-over).

Her opening round included seven bogeys, but she made a total of eight in her final three rounds. She finished tied for 13th in the individual standings.

The Commodores started the day in sixth place and shot a collective 3-over (291), which matched their best round of the event. They were overtaken by top-ranked UCLA, which shot a 287 and finished sixth, one shot ahead of VU.

Alabama (third) was the highest finisher among Southeastern Conference teams. Vanderbilt was second.

Marina Alex, the SEC Player of the Year, was 4-over for the tournament following a final-round 72 (even par). She missed out on a spot in the top 20 by one shot.

Freshman Lauren Stratton improved her score every round and finished with a final round 72, which included a double bogey on No. 2 and two back nine birdies. She finished in a tie for 50th.