|Rinker Tops Leaderboard At YSU Invitational|
Youngstown, Ohio / Mill Creek Golf Club - Robert Morris University women's golf senior Jenna Rinker (Slippery Rock, Pa. / Slippery Rock) overcame adverse conditions at Mill Creek Golf Club Tuesday morning to finish first at the Youngstown State Women's Invitational. It marks the second tournament Rinker has won as a Colonial. Her last medalist honor came in April 2010 when she topped the field at the Mount St. Mary's Spring Invitational.
As a team, Robert Morris finished third overall behind four top-10 finishers. Detroit Mercy won the event with a 609 total to beat host Youngstown State by five strokes. Robert Morris was third with a 617 followed by Walsh (641) and Niagara (646). Mill Creek Golf Club's par-72 layout played to 5,986 yards.
Rinker fired a career-low 74 Monday only to match that record again on Tuesday despite heavy rain and cool temperatures throughout the morning round. Rinker did her damage on the course's par-five holes, finishing two-under for the event on the longest holes. The senior tallied four birdies and 24 pars, finishing even or under par on 28 of 36 holes.
Senior Tess Wolfe (Beaver Falls, Pa. / Blackhawk) tied for fifth, her third career top-five showing, after carding two rounds of 77. Freshman Halley Morell (Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights) earned her first top-10 showing with a 156 total that featured rounds of 76 and 80.
Junior Alee Everman (Dayton, Ohio / Centerville) fell off Tuesday with an 85 to finish tied for 22nd as she used 164 strokes over 36 holes. Junior Annie Bozich (Aliquippa, Pa. / Center) found five strokes in the second round, posting an 80 after an opening round 85 that put 24th overall.
Playing as an individual, freshman Gianna Pro (Harrison City, Pa. / Penn-Trafford) carded a four-over par 76 Tuesday afternoon. Coupled with her opening round 78, Pro earned a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Sarah Weber (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson) and sophomore Tori Zachman (Hampstead, Md. / North Carroll) also played as individuals. Weber finished tied for 17th (81-79=160) while Zachman was 33rd (92-94=186).