Scots fight off rain; Wischmeyer, Witucki lead way to second-lowest score in school history

Scots fight off rain; Wischmeyer, Witucki lead way to second-lowest score in school history

The Maryville College Women's Golf squad fought off wet conditions over the weekend, as the Scots tied the second-lowest round score in school history.

The Rhodes College Classic was delayed three-fourths of the way through the first round, as MC had to complete team play on Sunday afternoon. The soggy weather shortened the tournament to a single round, as Sunday's matchups were cancelled.

However, the 2018 squad already has their sights set on the record books, as MC's 352 ranks tied for the second-lowest round score. For first-year coach Jason Henderson, that's exciting, as the Scots fought off rain in all but the first 20 minutes of play.

"It was pretty outstanding," Henderson said. "We definitely had some freshmen that stepped up and had some excellent rounds. [Katelyn] Witucki came in with a bit of a slow start, but she performed. Everybody came together. We had to take the night off because of rain, and they came back with positive attitudes. It was very good to see that, and they finished pretty strong."

The 352 score ties the 2016-17 squad's performance from the Tennessee Wesleyan Spring Invitational. That same team holds the Maryville record with a 347 at the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational that year.

Maryville tallied a 60-over team score, which also ranks second in the MC records. The Scots fell just one shot shy of the team mark versus par.

Freshman Grace Wischmeyer and sophomore Katelyn Witucki led the way, as both players posted 11-over 84s. The duo tied for 28th individually in the tough conditions.

Wischmeyer recorded her first collegiate birdie on the 170-yard, par-3 fifth, as Witucki neared the MC career birdie mark with one of her own.

The sophomore pulled to within a pair of birdies on the par-3, 136-yard seventh – the 15th of her career.

"I forsee her getting at least one or two birdies each round," Henderson said. "We definitely have Grace. She got a birdie there, too, so Witucki has that competition, especially within the team. I think that's going to be very beneficial for her to grow."

Freshman Hannah Doherty finished 35th with a 89, while Elaina Davis posted a 95. Bailee Powell – also a freshman – shot 100 on the 5,815-yard Galloway Country Club course.

Washington University of St. Louis took the team title with a 3-under 298, while Methodist University ranked second with an even-par 292.

Washington University's Samantha Haubenstoc won the individual tournament with a 6-under 67, while Methodist's Jillian Drinkard was second with a 4-under 69. Lexie Lamar of Transylvania University and Susan Morris of Rhodes College tied for third with matching 72s.

Maryville College will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18. The Scots travel to Niota, Tenn. to take part in the Tennessee Wesleyan University Fall Classic at Springbrook Country Club.