University golf girls drive into history
Team and individual successes atYale event
Stirling University’s girl golfers have made history after triumphing in one of the highest-ranked college tournaments in the United States.
Chloe Goadby, Hazel MacGarvie, Gemma Batty, Emily Laws and Mirren Fraser secured top spot at the Yale Intercollegiate Invitational at New Haven, Connecticut last the weekend, finishing 10 strokes ahead of Lamar University from Texas.
The landmark win is believed to be the first time an international team has won a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One tournament, the highest level of college competition.
There was also individual success for Goadby, a third-year Psychology and Sports Studies student, who led the field by three shots ahead of tem-amte MacGarvie.
It comes just days after Stirling’s men finished one shot behind the winners at the Macdonald Cup, also held at The Course at Yale, when Robert Foley finished top of the individual leaderboard followed by his teammates Laird Shepherd and Jordan Sundborg.
Coach Dean Robertson said: “Following the men’s performance in the Macdonald Cup last week, team cohesion and superb preparation has helped the women’s team to this tremendous achievement.
“Special mention goes to Chloe Goadby who was victorious in the individual tournament with a total score of two-under-par and who continues to grow in stature in the women’s game. Hazel MacGarvie came a close joint second and is a massive talent waiting to be nurtured.”
The competition ended prematurely when Sunday’s final round was rained off. Stirling recorded a total score of 580, ahead of Lamar (590) in second and Delaware and Harvard third with 594.
Goadby recorded a first round of 71 and a second of 69, giving her a total score of 140, three shots ahead of teammate MacGarvie.
Director of Sport at Stirling Cathy Gallagher said: “The significance of these achievements cannot be understated. To win such a prestigious competition is a terrific feat and a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of those involved.”
Last month, the university’s men and women’s golf teams retained their titles at the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Golf Championships in the Czech Republic.
Number one Stirling University’s female golfers and coaches - left to right, Chris Purdie (assistant coach), Emily Laws, Chloe Goadby, Gemma Batty, Hazel MacGarvie, Mirren Fraser and Dean Robertson (head coach)