Golfer Ranks 15th in the Nation

2011-09-28
By Jason Behenna
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Photo Credit: Kyle Scholzen

Senior Caitlin McCleary’s recent victory at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational placed her among the top collegiate golfers in the nation. Golfweek ranks her 15th in its latest rankings, updated Tuesday by the national golf publication.

McCleary defeated 110 golfers, including 53rd-ranked Monica Jung of Southern Utah, to earn Seattle U’s first individual Division I golf victory since 1980. She shot rounds of 70, 70, and 76 to finish the tournament at even-par 216, the best cumulative score of her collegiate career.

She continued to lead the Redhawk women’s golf team this past week at the Rose City Collegiate, finishing in a tie for fourth out of 78 golfers with a final score of 224 (+8) after rounds of 72, 75, and 77 in tough conditions. McCleary led the field with 39 pars, was tied for second in par-three scoring (-1), and was tied for third in par-four scoring (+5).

Last season, McCleary was the team’s leading golfer, posting a stroke average of 78.64 in 25 competitive rounds. She earned Honorable Mention All-West Coast Conference recognition after finishing in a tie for 15th place at the WCC Championships (78-82-76 = 236). She also earned Academic All-WCC recognition for the 2010-11 academic year and is currently carrying a 3.587 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.

Golfweek uses Jeff Sagarin’s rating system, which is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player’s won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents.

McCleary and the Seattle U golf team, both men’s and women’s squads, will head to Nipomo, Calif., for the Cal Poly Firestone Grill Invitational next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4.