Bulldogs Place Third At Butler Spring Invitational

March 25, 2008

Senior Paige McCracken tied for second in the final individual standings and helped Butler to a third place team finish at the 36-hole Butler Spring Invitational Golf Tournament, which concluded at Prestwick Country Club on Tuesday (March 25). Ball State won the 10-team tournament.

McCracken shot an opening round, five-over-par 77 on Monday and then closed with an 81 in cold and windy conditions. Her 36-hole total of 158 was four strokes behind medalist Kirsty O'Connor of Ball State and left her in a tie for runner-up with Brittany Kelly of Ball State. McCracken's opening-round 77 was the fourth-best individual round in the tournament.

Butler also picked up a "Top 10" individual finish from junior Lauren Showers, who tied for fifth place with rounds of 78 and 83. Her opening round 78 was one of just two sub-80 rounds by the Bulldogs and one of just eight sub-80 rounds in the tournament.

Rounding out Butler's scoring team were senior Lynnsey Showers, who tied for 11th with rounds of 83 and 82 (165), senior Niki Gardne, who tied for 34th (88-91 179) and freshman Allison Lipps, who tied for 48th (90-97 187).

Three additional Butler players competed in the tournament as non-scoring individuals. Freshman Marcella Moreman (91-89 180) tied for 38th with freshman teammate Molly Fields (90-90 180), while freshman Nicole Simon (92-89 181) tied for 41st.

Ball State posted a team score of 639, while Evansville finished runner-up with a 36-hole total of 653. Butler carded a 663, followed by Cleveland State (677), Oakland (688), IPFW (693), IUPUI (704), Marian (708), Robert Morris (731) and Green Bay (784).