YORKTOWN, Ind. - Two years after winning the Cardinal Classic, Western Michigan returns to the event to finish second in this year's 12-team field.
The Broncos played as a team in this individual sport as four of them, one competing as an individual, finished tied for eighth place with four others after Sunday's final round.
"This was a good day, one we've been waiting for and preparing for, and are coming together as a team. We are starting to believe in ourselves," commented head coach Cindy Trout.
"Our performance is heading in the right direction and we're ready for a great tournament at Penn State next weekend."
Melissa Beurmann, Heather Marks, Laura Moutrey and rookie Chloe Lawrie paced the WMU effort, tying for eighth. Marks continues her strong fall establishing a new career low round (75), career low 36-hole score (155) and career best finish.
Moutrey also bested her career low 36-hole score and established a new career best finish, while matching her career low round (75).
Lawrie made the most of her collegiate debut, finishing in the top 10, the only individual to do so in this year's tournament, carding 79-76. Lawrie, Beurmann and Kelsey Carney, who finished tied for 16th, her best career finish. All Broncos finished in the top 20 as Kaylee Imel tied for 20th.
All Broncos carded rounds in the 70's on Sunday as WMU recorded a team score of 302 during the final round. WMU was eight strokes behind tournament host and team champion Ball State (611), which tied the Broncos for the lowest round of the tournament.
BSU's Jenna Hague and Marshall's Korakot Simsiriwong tied for medalist honors but Simsiriwong won in a playoff with a par on the first sudden death hole.
WMU Individual Results
T-8th, Heather Marks, 80-75=155 (+11)
T-8th, Laura Moutrey, 80-75=155 (+11)
T-8th, Melissa Beurmann, 78-77=155 (+11)
T-8th, Chloe Lawrie, 79-76=155 (+11) *
T-16th, Kelsey Carney, 79-77=156 (+12)
T-20th, Kaylee Imel, 83-75=158 (+14)