LSU and Augusta's Mirabel Ting win titles at the Moon Golf Women's Invitational
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The LSU Tigers brought down Mardi Gras on Tuesday with a wire-to-wire victory at the Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne, Fla.
The eighth-ranked Tigers strung together four subpar rounds to post a winning score of 30-under 834 (276-274-284) at Suntree Country Club and finished nine strokes ahead of Northwestern (843) and were 12 clear of Florida's 18-under par total of 846 (281-283-282).
LSU's winning total of 30-under par set a new team record for the six-year event and was also the third-lowest 54-hole score in school history.
LSU's Ingrid Lingblad and Carla Tejedo Mulet tied for fifth while teammates Latanna Stone and Aine Donegan tied for 13th at 5-under.
“It was a great victory,” said LSU head coach Garrett Runion. “Any time you can go wire-to-wire it is a good feeling because it’s so hard to do. Florida made a run in the final round that made it interesting, but it came down to our “Final Five” (holes) that we played well on all week. It’s great to get a victory on the second leg of this three-week stretch we have."
The surprise winner of the individual title was Augusta's Mirabel Ting, who did not compete in the fall following the unexpected death of her father. Ting carded three sub-par rounds of 68-67-68 to post at 13-under, but was caught by the red-hot Leila Raines of Michigan State, who fired a 7-under 65 to catch Ting and force a playoff. Ting completed the emotional victory by draining a 54-hole putt on the second extra hole.
"Mirabel played flawless golf all week," said Augusta head coach Caroline Haase-Hegg. "This was the first college event of her career due to her father suddenly dying last fall, so it is especially sweet that she honored him with a win. She has worked incredibly hard and has been a great teammate. I am excited to see her perform the rest of the spring."
The Tigers will see their next action at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Feb. 27-March 1, in Hilton Head, SC. All three rounds of the tournament will be carried live by the GOLF Channel.
ABOUT THE Moon Golf Invitational
54-hole women's college tournament hosted by the
University of Louisville. Team (best four scores out of
five players each round) and individual competitions.
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