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MADISON, Ill. -- No. 3 ranked Washington (Mo.) fired a two-day total score of 636 (328-308) to place third at the Second Annual Washington University Spring Invitational held Saturday and Sunday at Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, Ill. The 308 on day two for Washington U. was a tournament low.

NAIA William Woods captured its consecutive team championship with a 36-hole score of 623 (314-309). No. 6 DePauw was second with a 631 (320-311), while Washington U. (636, 328-308), No. 17 Birmingham Southern (659, 332-322) and No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan (661, 345-316) rounded out the top five. The field included 20 teams from Division III, NAIA and Junior College, including seven of the top-25 teams from DIII.

Paige Gooch of DePauw was the individual champion with a two-day total of 153 (78-75). Emily Javidi (Sewanee), Myriam Hassan (William Woods), Jodie Peacock (William Woods), Abby Dickey (DePauw), Jamie Palermo (William Woods), Hannah Buck (Washington U.), Kelsey Smith (DePauw), Andrea Hibbert (Washington U.) and Connie Zhou (Washington U.) were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

“I was really happy that we were competing again. It seems like it had been awhile,” Washington head coach Sean Curtis said. “We really did a good job of closing out round one on Saturday. A late push like that can really help you as well as set you up for a good round two. We just need to try to get a better start to a tournament as we seem to be pretty tough once we get past the first few holes.”

Buck (81-77), Hibbert (83-75) and Zhou (79-79) led the charge for Washington U., all tying for sixth place with a 36-hole score of 158. The 75 for Hibbert on day two was tied for the low score of the day.

Senior Melanie Walsh had a solid performance for Washington U., finishing as the top individual with a 13th-place finish. She fired a two-day score of 161 (79-82), the third lowest 36-hole score in her career.

Sophomore Olivia Lugar completed the two-day event with a score of 162 (85-77) and tied for 16th place, while freshman Erin Lawrence rounded out the Bears’ lineup with a 176 (92-84), good for a tie for 68th place. Junior Allyson Chee (91-90, 181, 80th place) and sophomore MacKenzie Findlay (103-101, 204, 104th place) also competed as individuals for Washington.

“Three players scoring 158 is very good. I also like the fact that we came in to round two and shot the lowest one-day team total of the tournament at 308,” Curtis added. “Hosting our own tournament is a lot of work, but very satisfying when it’s over. Thanks to everyone who helped us get the second annual in the books.”