Runner-up Roth leads Bison to second straight team victory
Senior Natalie Roth led the North Dakota State University women's’ golf team with a runner-up finish and three-round 1-under par 215 (73-70-72) as the Bison shot a program-record 54-hole team score of 14-over par 878 to claim the Battle at Old Works Team Championship on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana.
For her efforts, Roth was named the Border States Electric Student-Athletes of the Week and joins former Laker golf teammate Sydney Busker in garnering such an award early in the season. Busker was named the Athlete of the Week the past two weeks at St. Catherine University. A third former Laker, Kate Smith of Nebraska, was named the Big 10 Golfer of the Week for her runner-up finish at Nebraska's UNO Invitational. The irony there, she finished second to Roth and NDSU edged Nebraska for the team victory by seven strokes.
Thursday’s team victory in Montana was a second consecutive tournament win, a first for the Bison since back-to-back titles in the 2012-13 season.
After shooting a program-record 18-hole round score of 4-under par 284 in the first round, and a 12-over par 300 in the second round Monday, NDSU fired a 6-over par 294 in the final round Tuesday to finish nine strokes ahead of second-place Cal State Fullerton, which posted a 23-over par 887.
Freshman Alexis Thomas tied for eighth with a 54-hole 4-over par 220 (68-77-75), while fellow freshman Taylor McCorkle placed 11th with a 5-over par 221 (73-73-75).
Junior Emma Groom tied for 13th at 7-over par 223 (70-81-72), and sophomore Camryn Roadley finished 24th at 12-over par 228 (73-80-75), rounding out the NDSU scoring.
Freshman Lexi Geolat, who competed as an individual, placed 35th with a three-round 20-over par 236 (78-79-79).
Thomas, McCorkle and Geolat all posted career-low three-round scores, while Roadley tied her career-best 54-hole tally.
Montana's Baylee Barckley claimed individual medalist honors after shooting a three-round 2-under par 214.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host the University of North Dakota in the inaugural Battle on the River duel Tuesday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. at Fargo Country Club.