Sophomore Olyvia Longacre (Telford, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) has found her groove in the spring golf season, finishing third at the Max and Susan Stith Invite today at The Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Va.
Longacre played with some of the best golfers in D-III, finishing just four strokes behind Bridgewater's Christina Herbert, last year's national champion.
Despite playing in the third group of golfers, Longacre pushed up the leaderboard quickly, with her opening round of 81 putting her third. She held that spot with a 39 on the final nine holes, totaling a 120 (+12) for the tournament.
Originally scheduled as a traditional two-day event, extreme weather forced the move to a single day, 27-hole tournament all played on Monday.
Herbert finished second out of the 23 women at 116 (+8), while Christopher Newport's Erica Whitehouse won with a 113 (+5). BC's Amanda Kelley finished in fourth at 122 (+14).
For Longacre, the effort comes on the heels of a second-place finish a week ago at the Eagle Invitational. She carded a 78 on day one of that tournament for the second-lowest round in program history. The finish at the Stith Invite is now her second straight in the top-three, and third-ever in the top-seven.
The Eastern Mennonite women have one more tune-up for the ODAC Championships, with the Marlins Invitational on April 14-15 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Suffolk, Va. The conference tournament is a three-day affair on April 22-24.