FULTON, Mo. – Rachel Hoffman's career has shown she's a threat to contend at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, Missouri, and Monday, the senior from Belton, Missouri, tied a six-year-old Park University school record by shooting 72 in the second round of the William Woods Fall Invitational. Her round helped the Pirates to a third-place finish, the fifth-best single-round team score in school history, 327, and the program's second-best 36-hole team score at 658.
Hoffman's back nine also tied a school record, following a front-nine 38 with a back-nine 34. She was 12 shots off the mark set by William Woods' Megan Cullen, who shot 5-under par in the opening round, 67, and 74 in the second round to finish with a two-round total of 141. Due to Tuesday's expected unplayable forecast, both rounds in the event were played Monday.
William Woods, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA Women's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll, ran away with the tournament, claiming all four top individual finishes, including Cullen, Katie Warren's 147 (74-73), 152 from Fumika Matsuyama (76-76), and 76-77 (153) from Nikki Callahan, who tied Hoffman for fourth place. Columbia opened with 292, using Lucy Matthews' 75, and the Owls closed the event in 300 to shoot 592 over the two rounds
The Pirates were edged by Columbia's two-round total of 643, as the Cougars beat the Pirates by 14 strokes in the first round, shooting 317 to Park's 331 and kept their lead in round two with a 324, three better than Park's 327.
Park arrived at its two-round total of 658 with a pair of solid rounds from Genevieve Stelmacovich, who shot 80-84 for 164, followed by Leeah Shipley's 84-82—166, and 86-89—175 from Morgan Farnan in the No. 5 position. Lexi Grego also broke 90, in the first round, shooting 88 as an individual. Park did beat American Midwest Conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange University, after the Trojans finished fourth in the event.
The next women's golf tournament is at home, Oct. 23-24, when the Pirates host the Park Fall Classic at The National Golf Club of Kansas City (Oct. 23) and The Deuce at The National (Oct. 24) in Parkville.