Junior Rachel Meikle Sets School Scoring Record At Northwestern Invitational
April 4, 2006
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Junior Rachel Meikle (Fort Wayne, Ind.) set a school record for a 54-hole event at the Northwestern Invitational Tuesday afternoon. Meikle shot a three-round total of 6-under-par 210 (70-70-70), just one stroke off the lead, on the par-72, 6,238-yard, Gary Player Signature Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Her score breaks the 54-hole record previously held by Emily Bastel, who fired a 214 (69-74-71) at the USF Waterlefe Invitational March 18-19, 2002. Meikle's third-place finish is the second top-five finish of her career.
The Spartans finished third in the team competition with a season-best score of 864 (286-286-292). The third- place finish gives the Green and White four top-three finishes in the 2005-2006 season.
Sophomore Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 57 in the nation, also posted a career-best score on Tuesday. Brown shot a career-best 2-under-par 70 in the final round, which gave her a three-round total of 215 (74-71-70) - the best 54-hole score of her career and third best in MSU history, just five shots behind Meikle's record. Brown finished eighth, her fourth top-10 showing of the season.
Freshman Holly Niederkohr (Marysville, Ohio) fired a tournament total 221 (74-71-76) to tie for 20th, marking her best career finish. Junior Heather Rose (Chillicothe, Ohio) finished in a tie for 27th place and carded a 223 (76-71-76). The second round of 1-under-par 71 matched her career round.
Senior Dayna Burleigh (Horsham, Pa.) shot 227 (71-74-82) and finished in a tie for 44th. Sophomore Jordyn Wells (Bethel Park, Pa.), who competed as an individual, tied for 10th place at 217 (74-72-71). The 1-under-par round of 71 is her new career best as is the tenth place finish. The 217 is tied for the fifth best 54-hole score in Spartan history.
Kent State captured the team title with an outstanding team total of 17-under-par 847 (279-276-292). Kent State's Kara Meixner and Tara Delaney both finished at 7-under-par 209, but Delaney was declared champion because of her final round of 1-under-par 71.
Michigan State's next tournament is the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, on April 22-23.
at the official