Players of the week: Oct. 6-12
Dustin Garza, Wichita State
The junior's memorable start to the 2008-09 season continued as he won his second straight tournament, the Wolf Pack Classic, with an 11-under 205 at Wolf Run GC in Reno, Nev. His second-round 65 was a career best, breaking the 66 he shot in his previous start, the VCU Shootout. With two wins and two runner-up finishes, Garza has shot 33 under during the fall semester.
Garza's fall scores:
Scenic City Invitational, T-2, 69-69-67 (-11)
Jim Colbert Invitational, 2, 73-72-72 (+1)
VCU Shootout, T-1, 66-66-69 (-12)
Wolf Pack Classic, 1, 67-65-73 (-11)
Lauren Doughtie, N.C. State
Birdies on the 16th and 18th holes last Sunday at Fox Run GC in Knoxville, Tenn., gave the 21-year-old senior a final-round 68 and a two-shot win at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, her first individual title as a collegian. En route to victory, Doughtie shot a seven-under 209 overall, breaking the Wolfpack's school record for best 54-hole performance.
Doughtie trailed Louisville's Cindy LaCrosse by one stroke heading to the final hole, a 488-yard par 5, with the two players competing in the same threesome. LaCrosse proceeded to make a double bogey after hitting her second shot into the water. Doughtie reached the green in two, and two-putted for the birdie and a two-stroke victory.
"This is a surreal feeling," Doughtie said. "I told myself I was going to go for it on 18, and I did. It was fun playing out here with my friends. Cindy is a great player, and we really pushed each other today."