Judd Jumps to Top-Five Finish with Final-Round 68
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Audrey Judd tied her career best with a four-under-par 68 in the final round to tie for fifth individually, while leading the Nebraska women's golf team to one of its best rounds of the season in the final round of the Hawkeye El Tigre on Tuesday.
As a team, Nebraska fired a final-round 290 to vault five spots to ninth in the 14-team field. NU's two-over-par performance on the par-72, 6,085-yard layout at the El Tigre Golf Club tied for the third-best round of the day, trailing only the champions from Washington (280) and runner-up UTSA (283). The Huskers' strong round allowed them to jump past Big Ten counterparts Iowa, Indiana and Rutgers on the final day of the three-day tournament.
Nebraska finished with a three-round score of 909 (318-301-290), while Washington won the title with an 873 (295-298-280). UTSA finished just one shot back of the Huskies at 874 (297-294-283). Wisconsin (299-287-293-879) took third, while Kennesaw State (303-296-297-896) finished fourth and Kansas (301-295-302-896) and Cal State Fullerton (307-301-290-898) tied for fifth.
Judd, a junior from Olathe, Kan., jumped 13 spots to fifth on the individual leaderboard with her 68 on Tuesday. She finished with a three-round total of 217, just three shots back of medalist Martina Edberg (72-72-70-214) from Cal State Fullerton.
Judd's strong final round allowed her to notch her second top-five finish in the her last three tournaments of the season, joining a championship at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 26-27. Judd also shot a 68 in the final round at Westbrook.
Nebraska received strong rounds from each of its top-four golfers on Tuesday. Kate Smith just missed a top-25 finish by tying for 28th with a 54-hole score of 225. Smith, a freshman from Detroit Lakes, Minn., carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday.
Fellow freshman Annie Sritragul added a 74 for the second straight day to finish with a three-round total of 232. The 17-year-old from Bangkok, Thailand, tied for 48th individually.
Sarah Pravecek closed Nebraska's final-round scoring with a 76. The senior from Omaha finished in a tie for 54th in the 79-player field with a 235.
Jessica Haraden played solid golf for the third consecutive round by carding a 79 in the final round. The freshman from Thousand Oaks, Calif., finished with a 235 while playing as an individual outside the Nebraska lineup. She tied Pravecek for 54th.
Freshman Claire Robertson (Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland) rounded out the Nebraska contingent with a final-round 81. She closed the tournament at 251 in 78th.
Nebraska returns to action at the Big Ten Championships at TPC River's Bend in Maineville, Ohio, April 21-23.
Hawkeye El Tigre
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
El Tigre Golf Club (Par 72, 6,085 Yards)
April 2-4, 2017
Final Team Standings
1. Washington - 295-298-280-873
2. UTSA - 297-294-283-874
3. Wisconsin - 299-287-293-879
4. Kennesaw State - 303-296-297-896
T5. Kansas - 301-295-302-898
T5. CSU Fullerton - 307-301-290-898
7. Ole Miss - 298-309-294-901
8. New Mexico State - 309-301-297-907
9. Nebraska - 318-301-290-909
T10. Iowa - 317-297-296-910
T10. Coastal Carolina - 303-298-309-910
T12. Indiana - 307-298-306-911
T12. Idaho - 302-310-299-911
14. Rutgers - 308-304-304-916
Final Individual Results
1. Martina Edberg, CSU Fullerton - 72-72-70-214 (-2)
T2. Martina Flori, Ole Miss - 74-74-67-215 (-1)
T2. Ellen Takada, Washington - 74-72-69-215 (-1)
4. Dulcie Sverdloff, Kennesaw State - 73-69-74-216 (E)
T5. Brooke Ferrell, Wisconsin - 73-71-73-217 (+1)
T5. Nikki Long, UTSA - 73-73-71-217 (+1)
T5. Audrey Judd, Nebraska - 72-77-68-217 (+1)
T5. Karen Miyamoto, Washington - 73-71-73-217 (+1)
T9. Wenyung Keh, Washington - 75-78-66-219 (+3)
T9. Michelle Kim, Idaho - 73-73-73-219 (+3)
T9. Julie Houston, UTSA - 75-73-71-219 (+3)
T5. Audrey Judd (3) - 72-77-68-217
T28. Kate Smith (1) - 78-75-72-225
T48. Annie Sritragul (2) - 84-74-74-232
T54. Sarah Pravecek (4) - 84-75-76-235
78. Claire Robertson (5) - 87-83-81-251