REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Second year golfer Bridget Hoang hosted a record-breaking weekend as the individual runners-up, while the Navy Women’s Golf Team was able to retain sixth place in the University of Delaware’s ninth annual Battle at the Beach, held Saturday and Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
Hoang broke the program record for a 54-hole tournament score by shooting a par 215 1-under over three rounds on the 6,169-yard course, competing separately from the contenders lineup. The rest of the Navy team combined to shoot a par 917 from 53 and tie Quinnipiac in sixth place in the 12-team standings, shooting a par 302 from 14 in the first round and a par 308 from 20 in the second round before posting. a score of 19 on the par 307 in the final round.
Dartmouth landed an impressive par 880 from 16 over to take first place and boasted the tournament’s best player, Sophie Thai, who shot a par 210 from 6 under to beat Hoang. The 37th-ranked Harvard team was second at 27 on the par 891, while host Delaware and Penn are tied for third with scores of 33 on the par 897 and Seton Hall has completed the top five teams at 40 on the par 904.
Hoang started the weekend with a tournament-low par 69 3-under in the first round, a mark that is tied for the second-lowest individual round in program history, totaling three birdies while scoring par on all other holes. She then shot a 2-over par 74 in the second round on Saturday, as five bogeys netted three more birdies, and rebounded in the final round on Sunday after having two bogeys on the front nine while shooting back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th hole and finishing at par 72. Hoang’s overall score of 1 under par 215 is the lowest 54-hole score by a Navy player since Shannon Gould shot 7 on par 217 at par- 70 Bucknell Invitational at 2019. Second-lowest 54-hole score, par 72 by a midfielder after Hoang was by teammate Mara Hirtle in last season’s Bucknell Invitational, where Hirtle went a par 218-2.
Senior Captain Eve Worden was Navy’s top-five finisher, tied for 24th at 12-over by 228. Worden posted rounds of 6-over by 78 and 5-over by 77 on Saturday, but responded with a performance of 1-over par 73 in the last round to gain 11 places.
The reigning Patriot League Golfer of the Week, Hirtle posted consecutive rounds of 5 on par 77 on Saturday and a 4 on par 76 in the final round, with the junior earning a tie for 31st at 14-over par 230. .
Rookie Sue Lue was just behind Hirtle at 15-over by 231, tied for 33rd, as the rookie had rounds of 6-over by 78, 3-over by 75 and 6-over by 78, including including recording a par-5 eagle on the fourth hole in Saturday’s second round.
Finishing tied for 45th, junior Stephanie Lee shot a par 234 from 18 over the two days in Delaware, landing a par 75 from 3 on the first round before finishing with rounds of 7 on the par 79 and 8 on the par 80.
Second year Jenna Han closed the tournament with a par 236 from 20 over that earned him a tie at four for 51st, opening with an even round of 72 before shooting consecutive rounds of 10 over the par 82.
“The team had several exciting moments this weekend,” said the head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. “With Bridget’s individual finish one under to take second, Sue had her eagle on the par-5 in an impressive second round and Eve had a very steady final round.”
The Navy will wrap up the fall slate Oct. 24-25 with a trip to Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, participating in the Lehigh Invitational.