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Jackrabbit women move up to fourth

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/17/2011 14:17:43

PRIMM, Nev. -- The South Dakota State women's golf team moved up two spots to finish in fourth place Tuesday during the final round of the Jackrabbit Invitational at the Primm Valley Golf Club Lakes Course.

SDSU broke or tied numerous Division I-era school records. The Jackrabbits compiled a team score of 915 (297-320-298). The women's first and third-round scores are the top two 18-hole team-scores respectively in school history. Their 54-hole score of 915 tops the previous record by 20 strokes, and their 36-hole score of 617 is the second lowest in school history.

Morgan Fitts led the women with a score of 224 (74-79-71) and finished tied for 10th.  Her final-round 71 is the lowest round in history and tied for the lowest score in relation to par. Her 54-hole score of 224 is the second lowest in school history, while her 36-hole score of 153 is tied for the 10th lowest in school history.

Brittany Hanten shot a 225 (74-76-75) and finished tied for 14th. Her 36-hole score of 150 ties her with Hillary Gerster for the second best in school history. Hanten's 54-hole score of 225 is the third best in school history, and her first round 74 is tied for the seventh best in team history.

Katie Purcell carded 231 (73-82-76) and finished tied for 27th. Purcell's first round score of 73 ties for the fifth best in school history, and her 54-hole score is tied for the eighth best in school history. Rachel Hanigan tied for 38th after registering a 237 (76-85-76). Abby Feehan compiled a 243 (84-83-76). Whitney Schrader competed as an individual and finished in 63rd place after shooting a 251 (84-83-84).

Perennial Summit League champion Oral Roberts paced the 14-team field with a team score of 872. Missouri State was second at 883, followed by Iowa at 910 and SDSU at 915. Amy Anderson of North Dakota State took medalist honors for the women with a score of 213 (71-74-68).

The Jackrabbit women continue their spring season April 4 at the Cowboy Classic hosted by the University of Wyoming.

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