DELAND, Fla. — In the final round at the Babs Steffens Invitational, the Dartmouth women’s golf team posted a 299 (+11) to walk away from the three-day tournament with a total of 900 (+36). The team was led by senior Jamie Susanin who finished in a three-way tie for third place, her highest finish of the season, after posting three birdies on the day to complete her round with a 74 (+2), equaled by two of her teammates.
One of the Big Green golfers to match Susanin’s score was Jessica Kittleberger who shared a piece of 13th with her total of 226 (+10). The junior started her final round on 14 and played strong throughout the day, posting five birdies to finish with a tournament-best 13. Susanin had 12 of her own, and Dartmouth as a team collected 42, the most of any of the 11 teams in the tournament.
The third Big Green player to score a 74 was freshman Maddie Nelson, who produced 13 pars in her round and turned in a final scorecard of 72-77-74—231 (+15), tying for 30th. The two other golfers competing for Dartmouth this weekend were sophomore Catharine Roddy, who finished with a 13-over 229 in a tie for 21st, and senior Tara Simmons who carde a 78 (+6) in the last round as she tied for 38th overall at 18-over par.
Among the other individual competitors for the Big Green was freshman Kristin Soh who played the best among Dartmouth players for the day as she finished even in 32nd place. Starting on the eighth hole, she found some trouble on 16 and 17 but bounced back with birdies on 10 and 13 to bring herself back to even. The 72 was her best round of the tournament as she finished up with a 232 (+16), tying for 32nd.Atop the individual leaderboard was Amanda Jakobsson from St. Leo, who took medalist honors with a 212 (-4) after playing the best round of the day with a four-under 68, edging out her teammate Marie Coors. Her 213 (-3) was eight strokes ahead of the third-place trio that included Susanin, Elon’s Kelsey Bradmaev and Boston University’s Zhangheng Guo.
Jakobsson and Coors helped lead their team to first place as St. Leo had the lowest round of the day with two-over 290, finishing with a 880 (+16). Their nearest competitor was Boston University who came in 18 strokes behind while Stetson edged ahead of Dartmouth by one stroke to take third, finishing at 899 (+35).The Big Green continue their Florida tour next weekend in Sarasota at the Harvard Invitational, starting on Saturday.