Feb. 19, 2013
PARRISH, Fla. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs came from third place to win the Central District Invitational on Tuesday, the team's third win of the 2012-13 season. Both Jenny Haglund (tied for third) and Felicia Espericueta (sixth) both placed in the top six for the Mustangs, who won by two strokes over No. 12 Vanderbilt.
Haglund, who played in the final group with Michigan State's Caroline Powers and Vanderbilt's Lauren Stratton, made a crucial 30-foot chip on the 18th hole to give SMU a two-shot swing after both her playing partners bogeyed. That result proved to be enough for SMU to take the victory.
The Mustangs have not won three tournaments in the same season since winning three times in 1986.
Despite SMU's climb up the leaderboard, the squad was not focusing on their standing against their opponents.
"Our goal today wasn't to make up ground or to play against the teams but to see it, feel it, trust it on every shot," Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland said.
Haglund's third-place finish marks her second top five of the season. The freshman finished fourth at the Chip-N Club Invite. Espericueta has had two strong appearances to start the spring season, after finishing tied for 11th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic last week.
No. 21 Michigan State finished third, while Denver and Iowa State rounded out the top five.
The event was hosted by Michigan State and played at the River Wilderness Golf and Country Club in Parrish, Fla.
T3 - Jenny Haglund 71-73-75=219 (+3)
6 - Felicia Espericueta 75-74-71=220 (+4)
T16 - Melanie White 76-77-73=226 (+10)
T31 - Jennifer Park 80-76-74=230 (+14)
T43 - Maria Elena Villamil 76-74-84=234 (+18)