McCarthy picks up top-10 on successful return from injury

Julie McCarthy / Image from Auburn University
Julie McCarthy / Image from Auburn University

Julie McCarthy picked up an individual top-10 as the Auburn women’s golf team shot 1-under par in the second and third rounds of the Magnolia Invitational on Monday to earn a third-place finish at the event.

It was another standout performance from Auburn freshman Megan Schofill on Monday as she followed her 69 (-3) from the day before with two more rounds under par at Old Waverly Golf Club (Par 72, 6,320 yards) to finish second overall, two shots behind the individual winner.

Schofill, playing in just her third tournament at Auburn, fired a 70 (-2) in the second round to start the day and then wrapped up play with another 3-under 69 in round three. She made a total of 13 birdies over the three rounds, and her final score (208) is tied for the sixth-lowest 54-hole score in program history and the second lowest by a freshman.

“Great tournament for freshman Megan Schofill,” Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. “She hit the ball well and never got out of her ideal performance state. It’s great when talent and hard work pays off.”

By playing 36 holes in one day, Forrest Little’s McCarthy proved that she was healthy again after missing the first two tournaments with a wrist injury. McCarthy led all competitors with 42 pars through three rounds and finished tied for 9th overall at 2 over on her seasonal debut.

LSU took first place at 8-under par (856), followed by Mississippi State (860), Auburn ( 864), Tennessee (866), Chattanooga (893), Kennesaw State (896), Tulsa (897), South Florida (906), Iowa (908), Memphis (931) and Southern Mississippi (936).

Auburn will wrap up the fall season in two weeks at the prestigious East Lake Cup in Atlanta where they will be joined by the other three NCAA semi-finalists – Duke, Wake Forest and Arizona. The first round of stroke play is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 28.

Meanwhile on Sunday, playing for Wake Forest, Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh posted rounds of 72, 71 and 77 for a tied 42nd finish as the Demon Deacons tied fifth at the Tar Heel Invitational.

Olivia Mehaffey played a key role for ASU as a late push by the Sun Devil Women’s Golf team helped them capture the Team Championship at the 2019 Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice at Stanford Golf Course.

For Mehaffey’s part in the win, the Banbridge star continued her consistent and clutch play, shooting an even 71 to solidify her 26th career Top-15 finish in an individual tie for 13th. Having been robbed of much of her summer’s golf at home due to injury, Mehaffey looks to be taking little time in returning to the type of form that has seen her become one of the fiercest forces in women’s world amateur golf.



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