Freshman Wahl sets ETSU record en route to John Kirk win
Freshman Gabriella Wahl used  a record-setting performance to best the field Tuesday.
Freshman Gabriella Wahl used a record-setting performance to best the field Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (March 27, 2012) – Carding a school-record score of 7-under-par 209, ETSU freshman Gabriella Wahl (Heidenheim, Germany) was dominant on way to capturing her first collegiate individual title Tuesday afternoon in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

Firing a 3-under-par 69 in the third and final round, Wahl bested Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald by three strokes on the final day. Wahl’s effort was three strokes better than the previous ETSU record for three-round score (212), which was set by former Buccaneer standout Nina Muehl (Vienna, Austria) back in the spring of 2011.

Wahl’s play – along with a 1-under-par 215 and third place showing by fellow Buc Sian Evans (Gillingham, England) – helped the ETSU women to a third place finish at the event. Maryland captured the team championship, carding a final team score of 885 to best Mississippi State by six strokes. The Bucs finished one stroke back of the Bulldogs and seven back of the Terrapins.

“I am very happy with the way I played this week,” said Wahl, who played 51 of 54 holes at par or better. “All the hard work paid off and it all came together in these three rounds. Winning the tournament is a wonderful reward. It feels amazing.”

ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton said Wahl’s play makes her excited about the future – both this year and beyond.

"Gabriella continues to grow as a player, and we expect to see many more of these finishes over the next three years and beyond,” said Shelton, whose team held the second round lead before ultimately finishing third on the day. “As a team, this was a great effort and a good learning experience. We hope to be in this same position again after the second day of play at the conference tournament in two weeks. Hopefully this will serve us well and help us close with a victory there.”

Other ETSU results included a tie for 37th by both sophomore Larissa Steinfeldt (Eschweiler, Germany) and senior Mayte Vizcarrondo (Cadiz, Spain). Meanwhile, junior Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) finished tied for 40th.  

The Bucs will now focus their attention on the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, which are scheduled for April 9-11 in Deland, Fla. ETSUBucs.com will provide complete coverage of the conference tournament, as the ETSU women attempt to return to the NCAA Championships.

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