Vulcans earn tournament title at Gannon

Matthew Kifer, Sports Information

For the second time in three days, and the third time this spring, the Vulcans earned a tournament title, as they won the Gannon Invitational by 18 strokes on Monday afternoon.
The California University of Pennsylvania women’s golf team carded the best score in each of the rounds, including a tournament-best 20-over 308 in the final round. The Vulcans finished with a 50-over 626 (318-208) after just winning the Mercyhurst Invitational on Saturday. Host Gannon placed second with a 68-over 644 (326-318) and Seton Hill finished in third place after shooting an 86-over 662 (337-325).
Senior Cara Vanderham (Innisfail, Alberta/Innisfail) placed second on the individual leader board with a nine-over 153 (80-73). She led the field with six birdies and also shot par on 17 holes, while recording the best score of the tournament on Monday at two-over 73. A three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) honoree, Vanderham ranks second on the team this year with a career-best scoring average of 78.9 strokes.
Junior Rachel Lim (Singapore/Singapore Sports) tied for fourth place at the event with a 12-over 156 (78-78) after totaling five birdies in two rounds. Classmate Carla Maestre (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela/Colegio Ibero Americano) finished with a 13-over 157 (79-78) and sixth overall after carding par on 20 holes.
Junior Jonah Ilagan (Rizal, Philippines/St. Paul College Pasig) registered the highest individual finish of her career while at Gannon. She ranked second in the field with a total of 22 pars and finished in seventh place at 16-over 160 (81-79). Sophomore Stephanie Perkins (Knysna, South Africa/Oakhill) rounded out the team with a 34-over 178 (87-91) to place 18th overall.
The NCAA super regional championship will be held in Springfield, Illinois, from May 2-4.