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Thompson Wins First Collegiate Tournament

Senior Rachel Thompson receiving her first tournament win trophy.

Oct. 22, 2013

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KETTERING, Ohio – Marshall senior Rachel Thompson (Mansfield, Ohio) shot a 2-over-par 72 in the final round of the Dayton Fall Invitational to bring home the first individual victory for the Thundering Herd in over a year, Tuesday.

“I am so happy for her [Rachel Thompson],” coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. “She has been so patient waiting for this win, and it is well deserved. It looked like she started to falter during the round today, but she brought herself back around. She played beautifully, especially the last eight holes. She knew exactly what was on the line, and she won it.”

Junior Korakot Simsiriwong (Narathiwat, Thailand) was the last member of the Herd to have an individual victory, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Cardinal Classic.

Thompson’s final round totaled her two-day score to 147, which helped Marshall earn its second top 5 finish this fall. The Herd improved by 13 strokes in Round 2 to end in fifth place. Its 29-over 309 totaled its two-day score to 631.

Marshall had the second-most birdies of the tournament (15) behind the tournament team victor Detroit (17), as well as the third-best par 5 scoring (5.25).

“I’m proud of how hard they have been working to get better, and it showed today,” Knight Rowsey said. “We are making strides, and I really am proud of this team.”

Thompson was not the only squad member to improve her score in Round 2. Simsiriwong improved by 11 strokes between the two rounds of action. After a 4-over 74 tally, Simsiriwong climbed 37 places to finish in a tie for 28th.

The Herd ended its last fall tournament with the following scores:

Rachel Thompson: 1 (75-72-147)
Korakot Simsiriwong: T28 (85-74-159)
Ashley DeMoss: T49 (82-82-164)
Gabby Marcum: T57 (80-86-166)
Sarah Helly: T57 (85-81-166)