Bailey Rusick Finishes Fifth in Golf’s First-Ever NCAA Match

Bailey Rusick Finishes Fifth in Golf’s First-Ever NCAA Match

By Nick Porter 

CAPE CHARLES, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's golf team competed in their first-ever match this week as a NCAA Division III program. Bailey Rusick led the Knights with a two-day score of 171 and placed fifth overall in the Capital Athletic Conference Fall Preview.

"I'm proud of Bailey (Rusick's) performance," commented head coach Blair Garner, "she had the lead after nine holes on Monday, in her first competitive round in a few years."

Rusick (American Fork, Utah) is entering her third year as a student at Southern Virginia, but her first year as a collegiate athlete. "It's been a long four years since I've competed, but I'm honored to have been a part of this program," Rusick said. "I love my team and I'm looking forward to a great year together."

Rusick shot an 88 Monday on the par-72 Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Bay Creek Resort. During the second round on Tuesday, she shot an 83, to finish tied for fifth place with a score of 171.

"It felt awesome to be playing with great girls and knowing we can improve on each shot," Rusick continued. "I was proud of myself for sticking through every hole and having a better second day, hard work pays off."

Freshman Bailey Pfunder (Lehi, Utah) finished second for the Knights and 12th overall with a combined 191, improving her 97-stroke first round to a 94 on day two.

Brinley Pulsipher (Cedar Hills, Utah) shot a 99 both days to finish with 198. Sadee Moss (Prineville, Ore.) and Caroline Pitcher (Mesa, Ariz.) had amazing improvements from round one to round two. Moss dropped seven strokes on Tuesday while Pitcher shaved 22 strokes from her Monday score.

The team will compete at the Lexington Golf & Country Club on October 2 & 3 in the General Invitational.