Scots claim seven records in Rhodes Fall Invitational behind Doherty, Witucki

Scots claim seven records in Rhodes Fall Invitational behind Doherty, Witucki

In their first tournament of the 2019 campaign, the Maryville College Women's Golf squad again put their stamp on the MC record books.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Anthony Monaco, the Scots tallied seven different marks into Orange and Garnet history.

"It's very impressive," Monaco said. "The girls started the year strong, which is really good. They've put in a lot of work before this. There was a few weeks in there that I wasn't letting them on the course to play yet, because I thought we needed to just work on skill work. They came in, and they did everything I asked of them. I'm proud of them for that, and it shows. We've still got a long way to go."

Junior Katelyn Witucki and sophomore Hannah Doherty etched their names aside individual records, as the Scots' squad posted a pair of team marks during the Rhodes College Fall Invitational.

Following Witucki and Doherty, Maryville College recorded the lowest single round in school history during Saturday's first round on the 5,803-yard course. MC posted a score of 344 on the opening day, besting the previous mark by a stroke.

The Scots used that first-round momentum to shatter the 36-hole mark within the Maryville College records. MC's 694 ranks 12 shots better than last season's 706, as it is the first time the squad has posted a sub-700 score.

"It speaks volumes for the girls and their work ethic," Monaco said. "I think we can do better than we did this weekend, honestly. A few of our girls will say that their second round or their first round got away from them a little bit."

The Scots tallied four birdies during the opening round in Memphis, as Witucki upped her career birdies record to 25 with two on the weekend. She also claimed the first individual record of the 2019-20 season.

The junior has already rewritten the Maryville College record book during her first two seasons, as she continues that with the lowest single-round score at Rhodes. Witucki used a birdie on 18 to secure a five-over 77 on the opening day.

"She just needs to keep doing what she's doing," Monaco said. "She's there early, and she's always asking questions. She wants to get better, and she'll continue to get better as she works on the aspects of the game that she struggles in a little. Honestly, right now, she's playing phenomenal. Her course management – the second day, she didn't even play well, to be honest. She kind of hit it all over the place, but for her to still be able to score and not shoot anything over 78 is amazing."

The junior from Seymour, Tenn., became just the third female Maryville golfer ever to score in the 70s. Her 77 surpasses Sarah Edmiston's 78 in 2012-13 and Grace Wischmeyer's 79 from last season. Witucki's score also breaks the MC record versus par at five-over.

However, Doherty led the Scots on the second day of the tournament with a trio of birdies. She broke Witucki's single-round record with a four-over 76 in the second round, as that also breaks the versus par mark.

"The second day, she putted amazing," Monaco said. "That's kind of been one of her weaknesses that I've seen since I've been here. She hits the ball phenomenally well. She's a good ball striker. She's starting to figure it out on the greens, and she's starting to learn some different shots to hit around the green that she can get up and down. She made some really key shots late in the round when she could have let it slip. I think she took a triple later in the round, and sometimes you get tired. She fought back, and she made a bunch of pars coming in. That's what she needed to do, so a 76 is a great score."

Doherty posted six birdies in her two rounds, as she finished tied for 19th. Witucki ranked 13th, as she became the first Scot to ever record back-to-back scores in the 70s.

The junior's second-round 78 broke the Maryville College 36-hole record by nine strokes. Doherty also broke the previous 36-hole mark, as both she and Witucki sit atop that category.

The former record – held by Witucki from the 2017-18 season – was a 24-over 164. The junior's 11-over 155 and Doherty's 17-over 161 both break the record.

Maryville College has two weeks off before they look to build on their record-breaking opening weekend. The Scots travel to the Montgomery Country Club Women's Intercollegiate in Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.