The Maryville College Women's Golf squad completed the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday afternoon, as Grace Wischmeyer becomes only the second MC golfer in program history to record a round below 80.
The freshman improved her first-round total by eight strokes to lead the Scots to an 11th-place finish. She posted a birdie on the 161-yard, par-3 sixth in order to card the seven-over tally.
"We started off on number 10 today," Head Coach Jason Henderson said. "Once she had that birdie, it looked like her game pretty much turned around. She's very consistent. She was a very confident player today, and it looked like she was just having fun out there."
Wischmeyer joins Sarah Edmiston who posted a 78 in the 2012 Piedmont College Fall Invitational as the only Maryville College female golfers to score below 80.
Today's score ranks second all-time in both the low round and the low round versus par in the MC record books.
Wischmeyer's 166 total was good enough for a 29th-place tie overall. Her 22-over performance breaks the Scots' 36-hole versus par record by two strokes over Katelyn Witucki (2), Grace Gass and Edmiston who all managed 24-over performances in MC history.
"She knew the parts of her game that she needed to work on yesterday," Henderson said. "She told me last night, 'I'm going to do better on these.' It looked like she really kept her head down today. She played aggressive, and she played conservative when she needed to. She got the job done. She put her head to her, and she did it. That's pretty remarkable."
Her 166 ranks second all-time behind Witucki's 164 shot last year at the par-70 Birmingham-Southern College Southern Shootout.
MC improved in the second day of competition by 16 strokes, posting a 57-over 345 as a squad. Four of the Scots' golfers improved their first-round totals on the second day at Coosa Country Club.
"It's really good for confidence," Henderson said. "It's nice to have Grace [Gass] traveling with us. She's still recovering from a back injury, but somehow, today, she found her swing. She played really good, and her putting improved. Everybody pretty much focused up today and did a little bit better."
Shorter University won the Rome, Ga. tournament with a two-day total of 621. Their 45-over par total beat out Oglethorpe University's 625 by just four strokes.
Birmingham-Southern College ranked fourth with a two-day total of 636, as Milligan College ranked fourth with a 648 tally.
Maryville College followed their opening-round score of 361 with a 345 tally on the second day. The Scots' 706 bested Shenandoah by 40 strokes to hold on to 11th on the second day.
Witucki followed Wischmeyer's performance with an 88 on day two. The sophomore tied for 38th with a two-day total of 169. Gass improved her day-one total by 10 strokes for an 87. She scored a 184 to tie for 59th.
Eliana Davis saw a five-shot improvement on day two with a 91 for a 187, as Hannah Doherty improved two strokes. Davis finished in 62nd, while Doherty's 194 was good enough for 70th.
Angel Sanchez of Oglethorpe University and Shorter University's Paula Oviedo finished tied for the individual championship with matching six-over 150s. Oglethorpe's Hailey Willman ranked third with an eight-over 152, while four different golfers ranked tied for fourth.
The Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational wraps up Maryville's fall schedule. The Scots will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, as they travel to Pine Mountain, Ga. for the Callaway Gardens Invitational.