Purple Aces finish in second place
University of Evansville golfer Sophia Rohleder finished with a 3-round tally of 233 to take top honors at the ASU Spring Classic at RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.
Rohleder recorded a 78 in the first round before shooting her low tally of 77 in round two. Her 6-over 78 in the final round saw her defeat Alabama State’s Alma Garcia by two strokes. Her 233 was 17 over par. Her efforts helped the Purple Aces come home in second place, six strokes behind Western Illinois. The Leathernecks finished the three rounds with a 965 while the Aces posted a 971.
“I am thankful to have gotten to play after a long break. Playing in a group with the team was different than what we’re used to, but it was a good change due to COVID,” Rohleder exclaimed after the victory. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season holds and can’t wait for our next tournament.”
In his first season leading the UE golf programs, head coach John Andrews was excited to get the season started.
“I am very pleased that our ladies had a chance to compete. This event should give them areas in their games to focus and practice. The team is very competitive and focused,” Andrews said. “I am very happy for Sophia. Winning any collegiate golf tournament is a great accomplishment, especially when we have not had a chance to have any practices outside. I look forward to seeing what our ladies can do in early March in Jacksonville Beach.”
Finishing third in the event was Alyssa McMinn. Her low round of the event saw her card a 77 in the second round before her 80 clinched third place. Tying for 7th was Mallory Russell. The freshman rebounded from an opening-round tally of an 85 to record rounds of 79 and 81 on Monday. Her final total was a 245.
Next up for UE was Caitlin O’Donnell, who tied for 14th with a 257. Her low round was an 82 in the final trip around the course on Monday. Allison Enchelmayer placed 17th with a 266, which included a low round 86. Carly Frazier and Taylor Keating played as individuals with Frazier placing 18th with a 267 and Keating coming home 23rd with a tally of 288.
UE will be back in action at the Benbow Invitational on March 8-9 in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.