St. John's Wins Benbow Invitational, Wang Earns Medalist Honors

March 13, 2018

Final Results
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Jacksonville, Fla. - Led by Linda Wang’s second-career individual championship, the St. John's women's golf team took home the Benbow Invitational title by a total of six strokes on Tuesday at the Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

Tied with Butler’s Kelsey McDougall and Lauren Tibbets after 36 holes, Wang came up clutch in a three-hole playoff to claim medalist honors.  After coming away with par on each of the first two extra holes, Wang drained an 18-foot birdie putt to separate herself from the pack and emerge victorious. 

Coming into Tuesday three shots off the lead, Wang fired off a final-round 72, just one shot behind McDougall for the low round of the day, to earn a spot in the playoff.

“I am really excited for the team this week,” St. John’s head coach Ambry Bishop said. “We had a great few days of practice before the event. It’s always great to have a team and individual title. “

After sitting in second following yesterday’s round one, the Red Storm moved up the leader board on Tuesday, using a tournament-low 300 final round score to propel the team past Butler. With that, the squad captured the program's first title since the St. John’s Invitational in 2016.

“This gives us momentum heading into the weekend,” Bishiop said. “We have several players playing well, so we look to try and continue our success at Kingsmille.”

Wang wasn’t the only Johnnie with a stellar performance, Alejandra Sanchez and Kaitleen Shee both finished in the top-10 for St. John’s after carding a pair of 76s in the final round of play. Sanchez turned in a total 151 to finish fourth, while Shee’s 154 earned her an eighth place spot.  

Lydia Kim and Andrea Sanchez rounded out the scoring for the Red Storm, posting a 158 and 159, respectively, to finish inside the top-20. Sofie Huseby competed as an individual and finished with a 174.

The Red Storm will return to the links on Monday for the first round of the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.




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