March 27, 2011
Despite cold and rainy conditions at the Bryan Park Champions Course, the Commodores posted a tournament-best third round team total of 305 to finish in sixth place at the stacked Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. Vanderbilt ended the tournament with a final total of 913 (299-309-305).
The Commodores, who began the final round in ninth place, were led by senior Megan Grehan and sophomore Lauren Stratton, who each finished in a tie for seventh with a final total of 224. Sophomore Anna Leigh Keith was next for Vanderbilt, carding a score of 229 (75-78-76), which was good for a tie for 21st.
Wake Forest claimed the team title with a final score of 895 (294-295-306), two strokes better than second-place Tennessee. The Volunteers’ Erica Popson claimed medalist honors with a final score of 220 (70-77-73).
6. Vanderbilt – 299-309-305=913
T-7. Megan Grehan – 72-76-76=224
T-7. Lauren Stratton – 73-77-74=224
T-21. Anna Leigh Keith – 75-78-76=229
T-46. Marina Alex – 80-78-79=237
T-73. Rene Sobolewski – 79-79-86=244
• The top 10 finish was Grehan and Stratton’s first of the season. It is Grehan’s third career top 10 and Stratton’s second.
• The tournament featured 13 of the nation’s top 50 teams.
• Keith had the best finish of her career at last year’s Bryan National, finishing in a tie for 10th. The 21st-place finish is her best finish of the 2010-11 campaign.
Head coach Greg Allen quotes
“As cold as it was, it could have been worse. The high was 37 degrees today, with the wind-chill around 28. It didn’t rain as much as it could today, but the course got an inch of rain overnight. The course, played really long.
“It was lift, clean and place in your own fairway today.”
“The neat thing about the round today was that on the last eight or nine holes, we made up a lot of ground. We made a lot of pars and even a few birdies, while others were making bogeys.”
“Grehan and Stratty had top 10 finishes, and Eddie had two solid rounds. She made some birdies this weekends. It’s very encouraging.”
“We have a short turnaround and head to Arizona State at the end of this week. We hope to keep it up.”