The Lehigh women’s golf team finished third out of five in last weekend’s Patriot League championship.
After winning the inaugural Patriot League Championship last year, the Mountain Hawks came up short of repeating. Bucknell University captured the Patriot League title, and Boston University took second.
The Hawks jumped out to the start they were looking for, leading Bucknell 311 to 313 after round one. As play resumed later Saturday, the Bison took a one stroke lead after finishing round two, where they scored 306 to Lehigh’s 309. Sunday’s final round proved to be the difference.
Bucknell and Boston University edged the Hawks with final scores of 930 and 933, as Lehigh finished with 939.
Lehigh senior Crystal Lee took home the individual championship, in what ended up being a wire-to-wire win over Boston University’s Kristyna Pavlickova. Tied with Pavlickova with two holes to goal, Lee — a first team All-Patriot League selection and the Patriot League Player of the Year — came up huge in her most intense moment of the year.
Birdying on 18, she finished her Lehigh career with her first major tournament win.
“It all seems like a blur with everything that was going on, I don’t think I was thinking too much,” Lee said. “One thing I know for sure that was going through my mind and fueling me was not to let my team down, if my one stroke was the difference in our team winning or losing was how I interpreted it. I have really come to love my team and would have done everything in my power to…reach our goal.”
Lee carded a 76 in Sunday’s final round to finish at eight over par 224 (75-73-76) for the tournament.
Lehigh junior Kelly Moylan and sophomore Nicole Feierberg also had stellar performances, proving big when it mattered the most. The teammates tied for ninth, earning second team All-Patriot League honors. Feierberg posted Lehigh’s second-lowest score on Sunday with a 78 to finish the tournament 79-83-78. Moylan’s final score of 80-78-82 helped earn her a repeat selection for the All Patriot team.
Junior Alyssa Scheyed finished just one spot short of receiving All-League honors, finishing in 11th place at 77-83-83-243. Junior Melanie Dickins finished 19th while shooting 84-80-90 over the three-round stretch, while first-year Elizabeth McGarrigle finished in 20th place with a total score of 257.
The champion Bison had three players finish in the top five, led by junior Lauren Bernard, who finished third at 228 (79-73-76), four strokes behind Lee.
Boston University finished second, shooting the lowest as a team in Sunday’s third round with a score of 302. The Terriers finished the tournament shooting 320-311-302.
Story by Brown and White sports writer Robert Halliman, ’14.