In one of the greatest individual performances by a DU athlete in the history of the university in any sport, DU freshman women’s golfer Anna Zanusso fired an NCAA record-tying 61 for a low round at the Westbrook invitational tournament in Peoria, Ariz. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
“Anna [Zanusso] was incredible today,” said DU coach Lindsay Kuhle. “She hit 18/18 greens today and made 11 birdies all of which were within 15 feet of the hole. Shooting a program and NCAA record is remarkable. I can’t even begin to explain what it was like to see 61. She was in the zone, confident and in control. Her routine was very deliberate and purposeful. I couldn’t be more proud of Z to own this record.
I see this record today standing in program history for many many years to come.”
The final putt for the record is here:
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When you consider that NCAA D-I women’s golf has been played for about 40 years now and by 267 schools at the D-I level, to tie the low round record is stunning, historic and amazing. Zanusso shot 11 birdies in the round today, and her 61 on Sunday was 11-under the par, in her second of three rounds. The Pioneers are sitting fourth as a team with a the final round coming on Monday.
Here is the link to DU’s 3rd round scorecard which, when you click on DU once there, shows Zanusso’s scorecard: SCORECARD (See Round 2)
Zanusso, who is from Italy and was ranked 75th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking last month, was one of 72 amateurs to be invited to the second inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which will take place April 1-4 at Champions Retreat and Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters.
A post-record interview with Zanusso is here:
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Zanusso’s record round 61 also shattered the school record of 64, set by current DU teammate Mary Weinstein. Zanusso carded 30 on her front nine and 31 on her back nine. Zanusso is one of only five female golfers in NCAA history to shoot this record score:
NCAA low 18-hole record
61 – Anna Zanusso, Denver (Westbrook Invitational, Round 2, Par 72, Feb. 23, 2020)
61 – Julia Johnson, Ole Miss (Battle at the Beach, Round 3, Par 72, Nov. 3, 2019)
61 – Bianca Pagdanganan, Gonzaga (Pizza Hut Thunderbird Invitational, Round 2, Par 72, March 17, 2017)
61 – Esther Lee, Colorado (Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Round 1, Par 72, Sept. 12, 2016)
61 – Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford (Peg Barnard Invitational, Round 2, Par 71, Feb. 17, 2013)