Anna Nordfors started the UCF Challenge about as well as she possibly could.
The grad student at Central Florida carded an 8-under 64 on Sunday, which set a new team record for low 18-hole score. After the first round, she was tied for the lead with Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn.
That record didn’t last long. Come Monday, Nordfors fired a round of 9-under 63 to set a new low 18-hole score and take a three-shot lead into the final round at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando. On Tuesday, she capitalized on her big lead, making birdies on four of her final five holes to shoot 21-under 195 and win by two over Mississippi State’s Julia Lopez Ramirez.
The 21 under is the lowest 54-hole score in UCF history. As a team, the Knights finished fourth at 27 under, which also set a 54-hole scoring record.
In the team competition, Wake Forest came from behind to win for the second straight year, shooting 42 under. That’s the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history, behind only last year’s 45-under performance.
It’s the fourth win for the Demon Deacons this season, also capturing titles at the Annika Intercollegiate, the Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate and the stroke play portion of the Stephens Cup.
Mississippi State finished four shots behind Wake Forest, and Northwestern, which led after the second round, was one stroke off the Bulldogs.
Kuehn finished third at 15 under while Lauren Walsh tied for fourth at 12 under.
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