Site: Asheville, NC
Course: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove
Tournament: French Broad Invitational
HPU Team Standing: T3rd of 13 teams (301-301-308–910, +58)
Top HPU Individual: Sarah Kahn T7th (74-73-76 –223, +10)
Next HPU Round: Monday, February 14 — at First Coast Classic (Jacksonville, FL)
ASHEVILLE, NC – Sarah Kahn finished in a tie for seventh overall as she helped lead the Panthers to a top-3 performance at the French Broad Invitational. The Panthers jumped into a tie for third place after round one and stayed there after all three rounds of play. The Panthers shot a final-round score of 308, while Kahn shot a round of 5-over 76 to lead the Panthers to their highest finish in the fall portion of their season.
Alexis Bennett: “Certainly a disappointing final round to an otherwise positive step forward. It was nice to feel the back 9 jitters but when you aren’t making any birdies, you can’t expect to walk away with a win. We have a lot of things to work on and clean up over this off-season but it was great for the entire team to see some action in the lineup and that experience will dividends this Spring when we look to get back to our style of play.”
T7 Sarah Kahn +10 (74-73-76—223)
T9 Minonna Falkman Lehes +11 (74-73-77—224)
T18 Vynie Chen +16 (80-70-79—229)
T29 Danielle Suh +21 (73-85-76—234)
T52 Ashley Chalmers +38 (83-88-80—251)
T69 Sophie Caldon (i) WD
Kahn fired one of the best rounds of the day for the Panthers with a 5-over 76, which positioned her in a final tie for seventh overall. Kahn had two birdies on her round and was the low individual for the Panthers. Freshman Falkman Lehes continued her strong play in the fall and bagged a second consecutive top-10 finish with a T9th performance this week. Falkman Lehes shot a round of 6-over 77 and also had two birdies on her card. The third scorer for the Panthers on the final day was Suh who shot a round of 5-over 76, a round which also included two birdies on the day. Suh finished in a tie for 29th place overall. The fourth and final scorer for the day for HPU was Chen who shot a round of 8-over 79. Chen was unable to record any red numbers on the day, but her strong second round led her to an individual finish in a tie for the 18th. The final Panther in action, Chalmers, shot a round of 9-over 80 and finished in a tie for 52nd after her three rounds at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove.
Sophie Caldon, competing as an individual, withdrew after two rounds and finished in a tie for 69th.
The Panthers finished with 147 pars in the tournament, which was second overall in the field. Sarah Kahn also finished with a 3.00 scoring average on the par-3 holes, which was third-best in the field. Falkman Lehes finished with a scoring average of 4.83 on par-5 holes, which was a tie for second-best in the field.
The Panthers will not be in action until the spring portion of their season begins in February 2022. The Panthers will compete in the First Coast Classic on February 14-15 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Panthers will be in action at Deerwood Country Club and the tournament will be hosted by the University of North Florida.