DOVER, DE – Freshman Marie-France Finn (Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada) shaved six strokes off of her first round score to tie for fifth place Sunday at the Inaugural Delaware State University Hornet Invitational, held at Maple Dale Country Club. As a team, the Hornets stayed consistent and finished the tournament with a 338-338-676 to place fourth overall.
"I am very happy with the way our first home event turned out," remarked DSU head coach Scott Thornton. "On the final day, all four teams had a chance to win and the scores were all close. I am positive that this tournament will grow over the next few years. We also want to thank the Maple Dale and Delaware State staffs that helped us this weekend, without them this tournament would not have been the success that it was."
Finn ended the weekend with a card of 85-79-164. After a challenging round Saturday where she saw four bogeys and one double bogey in the back nine, Finn found her stroke Sunday and wrapped up the last nine holes with an even 36. She finished the tournament with two birdies, each coming on hole 18.
Fellow freshman Elaine Aisha Peete (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), who finished Saturday tied for third and led for the majority of Sunday, saw some difficulty in the final four holes of the day where she added three double bogeys and one bogey to her score. Peete ended with a 79-87-166, which was good to tie for eighth overall. She posted one birdie on the day when she carded a score of two on the 150-yard hole nine.
Freshman Mengxuan "Rebecca" Gai (Guangzhou, China) cut three strokes off her score with an 87-84-171 on Sunday. Her score was good for 12th in the tournament.
DSU freshman Brooke Foster (Prior Lake, Minn.) finished in 15th place with a two-round card of 87-88-175.
In the individuals' tournament, freshman Ellisa Lee (Ellicott City, Md.) took home the trophy with an 18-hole score of 92-86-178. She defeated Towson's Chelsea Harris by three strokes and Quinnipiac's Jennifer Forlenza by six strokes.
Hofstra University won the Inaugural Hornet Invitational with a score of 326-332-658. Quinnipiac Came in second with a 330-331-661 while Towson struggled on day two and finished with a 328-342-670 for third place.
Towson's Larissa Spiess pulled out the victory with a score of 75-84-159.
The Hornets wrap up their fall season as they travel to the Quinnipiac Bobcat Invitational, held Oct. 22-23 at the TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Conn.) and The Farms Country Club (Wallingford, Conn.).