LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Voracious winds sent scores skyrocketing in the final round of the Bison Challenge at Paiute on Tuesday, but Bucknell senior Lauren Bernard managed to produce one of the top scores in the field and finish in a tie for fourth place. As a team, the Bison finished sixth with a 698 total.
On a day when not a single player in the field broke 80, Bernard carded an 82 to finish the 36-hole tournament with a 164 total. Only Jessica Bradley and Samantha Smolen of team champion Lynn University carded lower scores than Bernard in round two, and Bernard finished behind only Bradley (153), Smolen (155) and Lynn's Ellen Chambers (158) in the individual standings.
Bridget Wilcox, who posted a team-best 81 in the opening round, shot 92 on Tuesday and finished in 20th place. The Bison also counted a 94 from Emily Timmons and a 98 from Emily Larson en route to a 363 team score.
Lynn, the reigning Division II national champion and the current No. 1-ranked team in Division II women's golf, claimed four of the top six individual finishers, including the top three. Lynn ran away with the team title, with a 631 total outdistancing runner-up Long Island by 38 strokes.
Tennessee Tech finished third at 673, followed by Albany (687), Eastern Washington (694), Bucknell (698), Creighton (706) and Idaho State (724).
The Bison will be back in action on March 16-17 at the Pinehurst Challenge in North Carolina.