JUNO BEACH, Florida – Senior Female Navy Golfer Eve Worden had his best round of the week on Tuesday, using the last 18 holes to tie for 36th in stroke play at the second annual Jackson T. Stephens Cup, held at the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach , in Florida.
Playing as one of four individuals invited to a packed field that included golfers from seven top-25 teams, Worden was able to walk away with a 16-par-232 performance over 54 holes, posting four birdies along the way.
The Navy captain sat at 5 on the par 77 after Monday’s morning round, recording birdies on holes 7 and 13. She then shot an 11 on the par 81 on the round of Monday afternoon, heading into the final day at 2 p.m. on the par 158.
On Tuesday, Worden fired three bogeys on the front nine, but she recovered with birdies on the 13th and 15th holes to sandwich another bogey at No. 14, as she fired through the back three holes and finished with his tournament-low round at 2-on par 74.
The final round score pushed her to 16 on the par 232 for the event, tied for 36th with LSU’s Aine Donegan.
Tuesday’s par 74 of 2 over is tied for Worden’s third-lowest round in his college career.
Wake Forest was the best team in stroke play at 19 under par 845, followed by Stanford in second at 13 under par 851 and Duke in third at 11 under par 853. South Carolina shot a par 7 under par par 857 to take fourth place. , while USC (2-over by 866), LSU (4-over by 868) and Arkansas (11-over by 875) rounded out the seven teams. The top four teams will continue tomorrow in match play.
The Demon Deacons also had the individual stroke champion, as Rachel Kuehn finished at 10 under par 206 to beat co-defending Stephens Cup champion Carla Tejedo Mulet of LSU, whose second-place score was 8 under 208. Worden was one shot to be the best individual Special Invite finisher, as Howard’s Kendall Jackson shot a par 231 from 15 over to tie the game for 34th.
The Jackson T. Stephens Cup is named in memory of the late National President of Augusta, Jackson T. Stephens, who attended the Naval Academy where he graduated as a member of the Class of 1947. The grounds of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is named Jack Stephens Field, whose $10 million donation in 2003 helped renovate Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as a handful of other projects that were part of the campaign from the United States Naval Academy; Leaders at the service of the nation.
Navy now heads to the Lady Blue Hen Invitational this weekend, which will be held at the Rehoboth Country Club.