St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 1, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team sprang up the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Poll to a tie for first place with Carleton College with 290 points apiece when the Monday, October 1 poll was announced.
The Bears moved up seven spots from the preseason poll, while Carleton followed suit moving up eight spots. WashU received five first place votes which was the most of any program.
WashU has won four of five events played during the fall portion of the 2018-19 season to propel the No. 1 ranking. The Bears have been led by junior Samantha Haubenstock, who has won two tournaments and finished second in the three remaining. She shot a career-low six-under par 67 at the Rhodes Classic to earn medalist honors.
Senior Chloe DiPetrillo has provided a steady influence on the Bears, shooting five of seven rounds in the 70s. She has finished third in two events including a field of 66 golfers at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic with an even-par 144 (71, 73).
WashU's class of 2022 has excelled from early on as three Bears have cracked the lineup. Julia Dai, Alyssa Kim, Rachel Rhee and Lydia Tsai have all started at least one tournament for the Bears since the start of the season. Tsai fired a dual meet low one-under par 71 against Lindenwood to earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Golfer of the Week honors on Sept. 24.
Haubenstock has garnered the UAA Golfer of the Week award on four other occasions in the fall, including most recently on Oct. 1. WashU also relies on the guidance of senior Sabrina Ho and captains: senior Hanna Jia and junior Emily Carnes. All three have fired an 80 or below this year.
WashU will test its newfound standing from Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 14-16 at the highly competitive Golfweek D3 Invite in San Destin, Fla. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.