Bison Women’s Golf ends high at Lady Blue Hen Invitational

Hugh Straine, Contributing Writer

Bucknell women’s golf closed out their fall campaign this past weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Del., competing in the Lady Blue Hen Invitational. 

The event featured Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall, Navy, Quinnipiac, William & Mary, Youngstown State, Delaware State and St. John’s, along with the Bison and the home team Delaware Blue Hens.

The Lady Bison were able to put it all together in their final event of the year, specifically during the final round. Tara Thomas ’25 was able to card birdies on four of her first six holes on Sunday this past weekend, ending her season with a final round 76. Thomas split the three rounds with scores of 76-77-76, good for a T27 finish in a loaded field.

Kelsey Yi ’24 was also able to end on a high note with a first round 75 and third round 76. A tough day two slotted her in fifty-seventh at the event’s end. Paige Richter ’26 was able to climb to a T45 after a final round 74.

Dartmouth took first place this past weekend, finishing with at +16 as a team. Bucknell finished in 12th place out of 12 teams with a final team score of 310. But, it was about more than the tournament results themselves that highlighted their year.

Erin Drahnak ’26, who delivered an 84 for her squad, spoke on what made this year worth it for her. 

“The best part about the season was the team bonding we would have at practice, in the van, after a round, or in the hotel,” Drahnak said. “I have a lot of fun memories of us goofing off a bit after the round.”

Bucknell golf has had an eventful season, reaching the tops of some leaderboards and struggling in other events. However, this team worked hard and it was tough for them to see the season come to an end. 

“It was bittersweet because we were all really excited to play at a really pretty course near the ocean but sad that our fall season was over,” Drahnak said. 

The Bison continue training in preparation for the spring, but a hard-fought fall season sheds hope that some victories will be coming soon.

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