MIAMI, Fla. – Mercer sophomore Sara Louie Brown tied for 11th place individually in the Hurricane Invitational, helping lift the Bears to a fifth place finish on Tuesday's final team leaderboard at the Deering Back Yacht and Country Club. Brown's three-round total of 223 helped Mercer outpace 11 other teams at the event.
"The team played well this weekend and I was proud of the way they finished," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "The 36-hole and 18-hole format makes for long days, so they had to focus and were able to do it. It's a good start to our spring season and we look forward to the next tournament."
Mercer's team total of 919 (299-313-307) bested sixth-placed Minnesota by two strokes and came in 17 strokes behind Oklahoma State. Baylor captured the Hurricane Invitational team title with a 56-hole score of 883, while Texas State (887) and Miami (898) finished second and third.
Brown's 223 was highlighted by a 73 in Monday's opening round and marked her best three-round total of the academic year. Junior Mary Alice Murphy registered Mercer's low round of the tournament on Tuesday, firing a 72 (+1) to finish in a tie for 16th place individually at 225. Junior Lacey Fears carded a 78 in the final round and came in a tie for 41st place at 235.
Mercer resumes its spring season on February 25 in the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge, hosted by Maryland. The two-day event is contested at Don Shula's Golf Course in Miami Lakes, Florida.