Witucki ties MC record for most birdies in a season during Phoenix Invitational

Witucki ties MC record for most birdies in a season during Phoenix Invitational

Maryville College's Katelyn Witucki tied a school record on Tuesday afternoon, as the freshman golfer tallied her 10th birdie of the 2017-18 season.

Witucki – a freshman from Seymour, Tenn. – surpassed Sarah Edmiston's eight birdies from 2011-12 in the opening round of the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational, before she came back for her 10th of the season during the second round.

Witucki birdied the first hole of the day today, as that score on the par-5 ninth tied her with Sarah Grace Holland for the most in a season.

Holland recorded 10 birdies in 2016-17 during her senior campaign.

Witucki is only seven birdies off the school record for most in a career, as she currently sits fifth on the all-time list. Edmiston – whom Witucki passed on Monday – holds the career record in the category with 17 birdies from 2009 to 2013. Holland ranks second on that list with 17 from 2013-17, as Grace Gass (12, 2015-18) and Megan Lee (11, 2009-12) rank third and fourth in the category.

Witucki is averaging 1.67 birdies per tournament in her career.

The freshman finished the tournament with a 170 to tie for 29th. She carded an 83 in the second round of the tournament, which ranks tied as the ninth-lowest score in school history.

Dalton State won the tournament with a 300-321, 621, as William Carey University had a 309-319, 628 for second.

Individually, Aleesha Smith of William Carey University shot a four-over 148 to win the tournament, while Rachael McMahan of Trevecca Nazarene University and Nicole Jung of Taylor University took second with matching eight-over 152s.

Elaina Davis improved her second round by eight shots, as she carded a 105-97 for a 202 total. Katelyn Curtis' 98-106 was good enough for a 204, as McCall Smallwood finished the day with a 113-121, 234.

Witucki will look to break the birdie record, as she will lead the Scots into the Sewanee Women's Invitational on April 8-9. The tournament is slated for Graystone Golf Course in Dickson, Tenn.