Barbara Castro earned her first collegiate medalist honor
Castro, Wolves claim Rendleman Invitational championship
Senior earns first ever medalist honor, sets school record for 36-hole tournament
October 16, 2012
SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College women's golf team and senior Barbara Castro (Coruna, Spain) established new school records for 36-hole lows on the way to championship honors at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational on Tuesday.
Newberry shot a 598 (+22) for the tournament, marking the first time a women's team at the school has broken the 600 barrier for a 36-hole tournament. The score ties for the third-lowest 36-hole score in the history of the South Atlantic Conference and gives Newberry its second straight Rendleman championship and third in the last four seasons.
Castro earned medalist honors with a 2-under par 142 for the tournament, breaking the school record for a 36-hole low. She also ties for the third-best tournament score in SAC history and claimed her first tournament championship in her four-season career. Castro was the only player under par in the tournament, outdistancing Tusculum's Emee Herbert by two strokes for the title.
The Wolves won the event with a 17-stroke margin over Tusculum in second and a 26-stroke margin over Lincoln Memorial in third. All five Wolves finished in the top 20 individually, with three golfers in the top five.
With Tuesday's tournament win, Castro has finished in the top five of all three of Newberry's fall tournaments so far. She was the tournament's statistical leader in birdies with eight, while also carding 22 pars. She was three-under on the tournament's par 3 holes.
"I'm very excited about earning my first tournament win," Castro said. "I tried to just play one shot at a time and see what happened."
"I'm very proud of Barbara and our whole team today for earning our second win of the season," head coach Clarissa Childs said. "She birdied two of the last three holes and won the tournament by two. We had some ups and downs as a team today but we held it together as a team. We're looking forward to going to Furman and doing it again!"
Julia Daneshfar (Trophy Club, Texas) finished the tournament in third place with a 6-over par 150. Daneshfar was amongst the tournament's most consistent players, finishing with 23 pars.
Lisa Brandl (Nuremberg, Germany) tied for fourth place, one stroke behind Daneshfar with a 7-over par 151. She led all players in the tournament with 28 pars.
Natalia Perez (Bogota, Colombia) tied for 11th with a 12-over par 156 and Eline Askeland (Oslo, Norway) tied for 17th with a 14-over par 158. No other school had all of its players in the top 20, while only Tusculum also had all of its team counters in the top 40 individually.
The Wolves conclude their fall season on Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at the Division I Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville.