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McVeigh leads A&M women to title

McVeigh leads A&M women to title

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KANE'OHE, O'ahu - Texas A&M freshman Danielle McVeigh rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to take individual medalist honors, and the Aggie women's golf team rallied for a two-stroke team victory at the University of Hawaii's Donnis Thompson Invitational on Wednesday at the Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course.

McVeigh went into the final round five strokes behind the leader, but closed with an A&M career-low 69 to tie UTEP's Gerina Mendoza and set up the playoff. McVeigh birdied two of the last three holes of regulation and finished with a three-round total of 74-74-69-217 for the first victory of her college career.

"Danielle has been striking the ball well throughout the season," A&M coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "She's been working very hard on her putting and it's been getting better and better. It's great for her to see all the hard work pay off."

The 17th-ranked Aggies trailed No. 10 Arizona by two strokes after two rounds but posted a final round 295. A&M had a three-round score of 299-303-295-897.

"This is the second time that we entered the final round in contention and we responded with a very focused round," Sutherland said.

A&M's other scores were: Ashley Knoll (T9th, 77-227); Lauren Johnson (T9th, 73-227); Christa Spedding (T17th, 80-231); and Ashley Freeman (T23rd, 76-233). Competing as individuals, Janet DeGroat shot 78-238 and Miranda Orr finished at 79-245.

Special to The Eagle

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