GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Sophomore Renae Heisler shot a career-best 74 on Saturday in the final round of the Western New Mexico University Mustang Invitational to lead the Montana State University Billings women’s golf team at Palm Valley Golf Club. (Results)
The Yellowjackets put together a team score of 320 on Saturday on the par-72, 6,005-yard course, and finished the two-round event with a 636 (316-320) to take 21st place among the field of 23 teams. “This certainly wasn’t the result that we wanted out of today, but I thought the team played hard and battled through their rounds,” said MSUB head coach Jeff Allen. “We are looking forward to going on to the Sonoma State event tomorrow, and we will continue to improve.”
Heisler counter-acted five bogeys with three birdies, and also had 10 pars on Saturday to finish 2-over-par. She had nothing worse than a bogey on her scorecard, as she limited her mistakes. It was a five-stroke improvement over her Round 1 score, and she finished in a tie for 42nd place with a career-best two-round total of 153 (79-74).
Heisler’s best stretch of the day came at the end, when she rallied to play the final seven holes at 2-under-par. That stretch featured birdies on the par-5, 455-yard fifth hole, and the par-3, 135-yard seventh hole. She also saved a stroke on the par-4, 355-yard 15th hole, with her first birdie of the day.
Senior Shealyn Hafer, a Butte High graduate, was MSUB’s top finisher at the event, as she tied for 30th place with a two-round score of 151 (73-78). After matching her career best with a 73 on Friday, Hafer followed with a 78 her second time through the course. She played even-par golf with one bogey and one birdie through her first 12 holes of the day, but carded three bogeys and a triple over her last six holes to move off what was record-setting pace as the MSUB-record two-round mark of 146 evaded her.
“Shea didn’t finish how she wanted to, but she still had a solid tournament,” said Allen.
Senior Sarah Schroefel finished in a tie for 90th place, after finishing with an 83 Saturday and a two-round score of 163 (80-83). Schroefel overcame a tough start to Saturday’s round, and rallied to finish her tournament with a birdie and four straight pars over her final five holes.
Freshman Kinsey Irvin, who competed as an individual at the tournament, tied for 94th place with a two-round score of 164. Irvin managed one birdie en-route to an 84 on Saturday, and also posted eight pars her final time through the course. Freshman Tierney Messmer took a tie for 105th place, as she posted a 169 in the event (84-85). Messmer had one birdie on Saturday, but had three holes with a double bogey or worse to inflate her score. Sophomore Sydney Rochford also played for the ‘Jackets, and took 112th place after posting a two-round total of 182 (95-87).
West Texas A&M University won the tournament by three strokes over second-place Colorado State University-Pueblo, by posting a two-round score of 583 (296-287). WTAMU’s Jelina Fernando and Holly Winter tied for first place, along with Abigail Rigsby of Oklahoma Christian as all three players fired two-round totals of 143.
THE BUZZ: Heisler was named the St. Vincent Healthcare Player of the Day…her previous single-round best was a 75 on March 8 at the Minot State Invitational…her previous two-round best was a 155 on September 24-25 at the WNMU Fall Invitational on the same course.
NEXT UP: The ‘Jackets are back in action on Monday at the Sonoma State University Invitational at Santa Rosa Golf Course in Santa Rosa, California.
— MSUB Sports Information