Sunday, March 19, 2017
PEORIA, Arizona – Stephanie Tutt shot a 1-under-par 70 to soar to the top of the leaderboard and helped lead the UT Tyler women’s golf team to a George Fox Westbrook Invitational Championship on Sunday at the Westbrook Village Golf Club.
The Patriots have now won six of seven tournaments this season after shooting a 299-293 – 592 in a show of domination against a six-team field that included George Fox which finished second with a 304-303 – 607 total. UT Tyler won its second tournament of the week after winning the NCAA DIII National Spring Preview on Tuesday in Houston before traveling to Arizona for this weekend’s 36-hole event.
Tutt, a junior who is a returning All-American after finishing fifth at last year’s NCAA Division III National Championships, finished tied for first with Redland’s Caroline Ordian who won the tournament playoff. Tutt and Ordian both shot 77-70 – 147s to move from being tied for eighth after the opening round to winning the tournament. Tutt now has five top-10 finishes on the season, while Katelyn Hicken shot a 73-75 – 148 to finish third for the second time this spring. A sophomore transfer, Hicken also finished third at the Concordia tournament before turning in her season-low two-round total this weekend in Arizona.
Morgan Loth recorded her sixth top-10 finish of the year after carding a 78-73 – 151 to tie Amy Cox for eighth. Cox shot 76-75 – 151 for her second top-10 finish of the spring and third of the season. Taylor Denton, who was the first-round leader with Hicken, shot 73-82 – 155 for the Patriots while Shannon Grinnell finished the tournament with an 86-80 – 166.
Tutt, who won the 2015 Al Jones Memorial for her first career win, made three birdies, two bogeys and soared up the leaderboard with consistency that included 13 pars. Hicken made three birdies on Sunday, while Loth had two in her round of 2-over-par and led the tournament with a 2-under-par report on par 5s during the 36-hole event. Tutt was even-par on par 3s and 1-under on par 5s in Arizona.
St. Thomas University finished third in the tournament with a 319-292 – 611, while Redlands (614), Pomona-Pitzer (617) and Trinity (633) rounded out the field.
UT Tyler will return to action on April 3-4 at the West Region Invitational being played at Berry Creek Country Club in Georgetown.