Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson fired a two-under par round of 70 to claim a share of second at the PING/ASU Invitational at the Papago Golf Course, finishing at 4-under 212 for 54 holes.
The UCLA sophomore, who has been in good form and tied 11th at February’s Sun Devil Winter Classic, made six birdies in her final round to help the Bruins finish 11th (+18, 882) after a 4-over 292 on Sunday.
Wilson led home the Irish challenge at the event that also saw Olivia Mehaffey continue her fine run of form. Mehaffey, who shared sixth on her Symetra Tour debut earlier this month, saved her best stuff for Sunday. After consecutive rounds of over-par to begin the weekend, the Sun Devils’ fifth-year senior cruised to a five-under finish (67). She holed seven birdies, five of which came on the front nine. She also had the second most birdies in the tournament with 12.
Mehaffey tied ninth in the individual standings, with ASU teammates Amanda Linner and Linn Grant taking 8th and tied 2nd as the No. 8 ranked Sun Devils, seeking their third straight tournament title, battled a handful of teams before settling on a two-way tie with No. 23 Oregon for first place. The Sun Devils were locked with the 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines as the afternoon lengthened. A handful of bogeys on hole 18 knocked Michigan into third.
“We are excited to be the co-champions of the 2021 PING tournament,” said head coach Missy Farr-Kaye. “Linn almost pulled off another win, she was one putt away but just couldn’t quite get the birdies rolling. She was super close to keeping her streak alive but with a second-place finish she’s having a phenomenal spring and it’s been amazing to watch.
“It’s great to see a 67 by Olivia today, that was amazing. We still haven’t had everybody going for an entire tournament, so the good thing is we haven’t peaked yet and we’re really looking forward to our next tournament, we only have one more before we head into the postseason. We’re excited to watch Olivia and Linn compete at Augusta this coming week and everyone else will be at Silverado. We’re getting to the heart of the season and into the postseason and I’m really excited and grateful that we’re competing and playing. The best is yet to come is the way we’re looking at it.”
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