Fort Wayne, Ind. - Bethel women's golf, rated #17 in the latest NAIA national poll, rallied from a seventh-place start after one round of play to post a two-day total of 647 and bring home fourth in the USF Invitational held at Cobblestone and Cherry Hill on Friday and Saturday. The Pilots overtook Indiana Wesleyan, Siena Heights and St. Francis Illinois by posting a second round of 314 - which was the 2nd lowest team score of the day behind the winner UNOH.
Chloe Crusan (SO/Greenville, Wis.), fresh off a career-low 72 earlier in the week at the Crusader Classic, paced the Pilots with a 80-77 to post a (+13) 157 and notch an eighth-place finish individually. Katie Brooks (JR/Fishers, Ind.) fired a second-round 78 to finish at 162 (+18) and 19th overall.
Jaycee Bunner (JR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) carded an 84-79-163 on the weekend, while Brooke Scartozzi (FR/Schererville, Ind.) finished with a 85-80-165 and Brooke Thomas (SO/Flushing, Mich.) ended with an 86-82-168.
"I was really happy with the way we responded on day 2 after really struggling on Friday," commented Head Coach Christopher Hess. "They really showed a lot of character with the way they fought in round 2 and overcame some adversity. While we consider our first round a step back, Saturday was certainly another step in the right direction as we look to improve as a team."
The Pilots return to the links for their final tune-up of the fall before the NCCAA National Championship on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, for the Taylor Invitational at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study.