Simsiriwong Takes Title at Cardinal Classic


Korakot Simsiriwong's win is her first as a part of the Herd.

Korakot Simsiriwong's win is her first as a part of the Herd.

Sept. 23, 2012

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YORKTOWN, Ind. – Women’s golfer Korakot Simsiriwong was able to hold off Ball State’s Jenna Hague on a playoff hole to capture the individual title of the Cardinal Classic.

Simsiriwong, who was in first after the first round of the tournament, shot a 79 (+7) in Sunday’s final round. In the playoff hole, she recorded par on hole no. 10 while Hague had a bogey.

It is her first win as a member of the Thundering Herd.

Marshall as a team was unable to maintain its second place spot from Saturday. After posting a team score of 310 (+22) in the first round, MU had a 319 (+31) in the final round for a total of 629 to finish in fourth.

“I of course had hoped for better team result today,” head coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. “There seemed to be a struggle between playing aggressively and playing conservatively but we will definitely be in this position again we’ll know how to handle our games better.”

Rachel Thompson had the best day of Herd golfers. The junior shot a 75 (+3) and finished in a tie for fifth. The third golfer in Marshall’s rotation, Samantha DiDomenico had an 81 (+9) on Sunday to finish in a tie for 28th.

The final two Marshall team scores came from Maria Battaglia and Caitlyn Morrone. Battaglia had a round of 84 (+12) while Morrone had a final round of 85 (+13).

Playing as an individual, Kristyn Morrone shot 88 (+16) to mirror her first round.

Tournament host Ball State were the team winners with a final round of 302 and a two round total of 611. Western Michigan was second and IUPUI finished in third.

The two day, 36-hole tournament was played at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind. and featured 12 teams.