AMARILLO, TX- In their first competition of the season, the Lady Chaps finished the West Texas A&M Fall Invitational with a score of 60 out of 912 in three rounds, setting a new school record.
The mark beats the school’s previous record set at the 2013 NAIA National Championships, where the Lady Chaps shot a 67 of 931. Lubbock Christian’s score at Tascosa Country Club beats the old record of 54 holes by 19 strokes.
LCU shot a 22 of 306 on the final day to finish eighth overall in the event, beating No. 4 JUCO Western Texas CC by 18 shots and NAIA Wayland Baptist by 41 shots.
The Lady Chaps excelled on par fives, shooting two under for an average score of 4.96 on the longest holes of the tournament. LCU also recorded 151 pars, the fourth most in the field.
“I’m so proud of this team and the way they played,” says golf’s head coach Gary Belt. “We had a great push at the start of the third round but fell a bit late. But overall to have a tournament record in our first rounds of golf of the season is great. Lily Griffin played very well today and Prestley Hammond recovered late to end with a good day. We have things to work on, but I like how we look before we go to San Angelo in two weeks.”
Hammond paced the Lady Chaps, finishing tied for 18th after shooting an eight of 221 for the week. The mark is a new career three-setter for Hammond. She shot a six for 77 in the third round and recorded 32 pars for the entire tournament. Hammond also led the Lady Chaps with eight birdies.
Griffin jumped five places on the final day of the event, carding a three-for-74 in the third round to finish 32nd with a 15-for-228. The New Zealand native carded 35 pars in the tournament, tied for third. more of the field. The 228 is a new three-round career high for Griffin and the 74 is a new career single-round high.
Alexandra Escamille finished his first collegiate tournament, finishing tied for 36th with an 18-of-231 score over three rounds after earning a nine-of-80 carding in the final round. Escamilla’s younger sister finished with seven birdies, the second most for Lady Chaps in the entire tournament.
His sister, Aspen Escamille finished just behind her tied for 38th with a 19 of 232. Aspen Escamille shot under each round, culminating in a four-for-75 in the final round, a new career low. His score of 232 in three rounds beats his previous career high of 16 shots.
Jordyn Hall completes the Lady Chaps score with a 31 of 234 after shooting a nine of 80 in the final round. The mark is a new career low for Hall, beating his former best mark in three rounds by three strokes.
Individually, Brynlee Dyas finished her first tournament as Lady Chap tied for 48th, shooting a 35 of 248 for the weekend. Dyas shot a 15 of 86 in the final round.
Kyra Schmuhl shot a weekend-best eight of 79 in the final round, finishing 52nd with a 39 of 252. Schmuhl also recorded a new career-best in three rounds, beating his old low by three shots.
West Texas A&M won the tag team championship by five strokes with a score of four under 848 in three rounds. Maria Torres of Oklahoma Christian won the individual championship with a 13-under 200 over three sets.
The Lady Chaps will be back in action at the ASU Concho Classic beginning Monday, September 19 at Brentwood Country Club in San Angelo, Texas.