Lauren Walsh was the star of the show as the Wake Forest women’s golf team took home the title at the 2022 ANNIKA Intercollegiate. Led by three veterans, the Deacs won by a four-stroke margin after starting the day six strokes off the lead.
The Castlewarden Senior was the high finisher for the Deacs, finishing in a tie for second place. After starting the event one-over par, she shot a collegiate-low 66 in the second round to propel her up the leaderboard.
A final round 70 secured her spot in the top three. Walsh’s 54-hole score of 209 is the lowest 54-hole of her collegiate career and two strokes better than her previous best of 211.
Her final round began with two birdies on her first nine holes, the par-four third and the par-five ninth. She finished the day with two more, one on the par-four 15th and one to end the day on the par-five 18th.
“It’s great to win the first event of the year and we always enjoy coming up to Lake Elmo to start our season against a very competitive field,” said Walsh’s coach, Kim Lewellen.
“We were proud of the way the team handled a little adversity after the first round and really played together. We have a lot of talent and a really deep line-up.
“They all work tremendously hard day in and day out, so it’s nice to see their hard work pay off and start the season on a positive note.”
As for the other Irish in the field, Auburn’s Anna Foster moved through for a top-20 finish after carding a final round one-under 71 while Arizona State’s Beth Coulter signed off with a 76 for a five-over tally and a tie for 29th.
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