TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Susy Grunden finished the star-studded PING/ASU Invitational in a season high fourth place, while the Aggies improved one position to take ninth at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.
Grunden shot a season low 67 (-5) on Sunday to move up 12 places to finish in fourth place (68-75-67), her first top-10 finish this year. Emma Talley (68-69-70) of Alabama took home the individual title with a nine-under three round score.
“I am so proud of the way Susy went out played today,” Head Coach Trelle McCombs said about Grunden’s fourth-place finish. “Susy is getting more and more comfortable playing under par and she was just so steady out on the course today.”
As a team the Aggies (287-296-294) finished in the top-10 for the eighth time in nine tournaments this season, with Sunday’s ninth place finish. No. 3 Alabama (284-284-277) won the invitational with a tournament record 19-under performance. Following the Crimson Tide were No. 2 Duke (280-283-291), No. 7 Arizona (288-284-290), No. 15 Stanford (289-282-291), No. 1 Southern Cal (283-288-292), No. 14 Arizona State (291-281-291), No. 21 Texas (286-289-289), No. 11 UCLA (279-302-285), A&M, and No. 16 UC Davis (287-297-295) to round out the top-10. No. 9 Washington (292-294-294) and TCU (292-285-303) tied for 11th, followed by No. 44 South Carolina (291-299-296), No. 36 Oregon (311-299-289), No. 37 UNLV (305-302-307), No. 40 California (313-302-305) and Colorado (298-317-305) to round out the field.
“It was a good sign to see the team go out and play well this week against such a strong field,” McCombs said about the team performance. “This was one of the best fields we will see all year rivaling the SEC Championship and the NCAA Regionals.”
Individually, following Grunden was junior Natalie Reeves (75-70-77) tying for 45th place, just three strokes behind Reeves was senior Sarah Beth Davis (74-76-75) in a tie for 55th. Juniors Chelsea Mocio (70-80-79) and Katerina Ruzickova (84-75-75) rounded out the A&M lineup in a tie for 65th and 74th respectively.
“This weekend was a great test for us heading into the SEC Championship,” McCombs said about the team going forward. “This was a true test for us and is great preparation for the team headed into next week.”
The Aggies return to the links this Friday at their first SEC Championship in Hoover, Alabama. The championship will take place from April 19 – 21 at the Greystone Golf and Country Club.