COLUMBIA, Mo. - UALR senior Emelie Westrup fired an even-par 72 in the final round of the Johnie Imes Invitational on Tuesday to finish fifth in a field of 99 players. Westrup earned her second-consecutive top-5 finish with a career-best one-over par 217 total (72-73-72) at the 6,234-yard, par-72 Club at Old Hawthorne to help the Trojans take eighth at the 19-team event.
SMU captured both the individual and team titles at the Johnie Imes Invitational, as the Mustangs closed out the event with a seven-over par 295 in the final round to earn a nine-stroke victory over host Missouri. SMU's Melanie White completed the sweep by claiming medalist honors with an eight-under par 208 total after firing a 69 in the final round.
The Mustangs finished at 12-over par 876 for the event (297-284-295), followed by Missouri (300-294-291 - 885) and Kansas State (296-291-301 - 888). The Trojans finished eighth at 43-over par 907 after carding a 303 in the final round, just one shot back of seventh-place Mississippi State (906).
Kansas State's Whitney Pyle led all players at seven-under par 137 after 36 holes, but finished second after carding a five-over par 77 in the final round. Pyle finished six shots back of White (74-65-69) at two-under par 214. FIU's Tania Tare and Meghan MacLaren tied for third place at even-par 216, with Tare firing a tournament-record nine-under par 63 in the final round, followed by Westrup at one-over par 217.
UALR senior Malin Lundberg finished in a tie for 25th place at nine-over par 225 (75-72-78), followed by junior Brynn Donovan at 13-over par 229 (79-73-77). Sophomore Sofia Berglund provided UALR's second-lowest score of the final round with a four-over par 76.
UALR returns to action Oct. 15-16 at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo.