April 28, 2013

Bulldogs Capture MAAC Championship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. -- Sophomore Isabella Lambert held off teammate Jenna Peters to capture medalist honors and Butler grabbed the team title in its first and only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship.  The Bulldogs took the lead in the first round and held it through 54 holes to secure the championship at Disney's Palm Golf Course.

Lambert, who shot back-to-back rounds of 75 on the first two days of the tournament, trailed Peters by two strokes heading into the final round on Sunday (April 28).  But the second-year golfer stormed to the top of the leader board with a one-over-par 73 on the final day and finished with a tournament-best 223.  She was awarded the 2013 McLeod Trophy as tournament medalist.

Peters, who shot a 75 in the opening round and a team-best 73 in the second round, closed with a 78 to finish runner-up, three strokes behind her teammate.  She was one of three Butler golfers to finish among the "Top 5" individuals.

Junior Ali Restaino came in fifth overall with rounds of 79, 84 and 79 (242), while senior Julia Porter came in 12th with rounds of 80, 86 and 82 (248).  Senior Ali Arends rounded out Butler's five-player squad with a tie for 19th place.  She carded rounds of 91, 84 and 84 (259).

Butler took an 18-stroke lead in the opening round with a team total of 309.  The Bulldogs added to their lead with a 316 in the second round and then closed out the championship with a 312 to finish with a 54-hole total of 937.  Boston University finished runner-up with a team total of 969.

It was Butler's first year in the seven-team women's golf conference, and also the Bulldogs' last.  Beginning next season, the Bulldogs will compete in the new Big East Conference.

Bulldogs Earn All-Academic Honors

Four members of the Butler women's golf team were honored with selection to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team on the final day of the conference championship.

Named from Butler to the All-Academic Team were seniors Ali Arends and Julia Porter and sophomores Isabella Lambert and JoEllen Gentry.  Arends is a secondary education major, Porter is a communications science and disorders major, Lambert is a biology major and Gentry is a journalism major.

To be eligible for the the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale.