COASTAL CAROLINA CLAIMS FIFTH AT DALE McNAMARA INVITATIONAL
The Coastal Carolina women's golf team improved two spots over the final round to place fifth overall in the 15-team field at Tulsa's Dale McNamara Invitational, played on the 6,282-yard, Par 72 Golf Club of Oklahoma.
The Chanticleers carded a 290, which was the low round of the day, during their third round en route to 22-over 886 54-hole total (293-303-290) and the team's first top five finish this season. Arizona State (280-292-294 - 866) finished a 2-over to win the tournament. Florida placed second followed by Oklahoma, East Carolina and Coastal to round out the top five.
Senior standout Brittany Henderson led Coastal around the course on the final 18 holes with a 1-under 71. She posted a final score of 1-over 217 (74-72-71) to place ninth in the 75-competitor field. Henderson was a model of consistency through her first 11 holes as she played the course even. She would drop under par thanks to back-to-back birdies on five and six before a bogey on nine brought back to 1-under. She would par her final two holes of the tournament, leading to her first sub-par round of the season.
Newcomer Marissa Hinchman continued to impress in her first collegiate tournament, turning in an even-par 72 on the day to place 23rd overall (76-74-72 - 222). Hinchman opened her round with a bogey on 13 but got the stroke back with a birdie on No. 3. She then bogeyed the difficult fourth hole but countered with a birdie and seven pars over her final eight holes to card her 72.
Jessica Alexander tied for 24th at plus-7 (68-81-74 - 223) overall after posting a 74 on the day. The senior played even through her opening nine thanks to two birdies countering two bogeys. She would exchange a birdie on eight with a bogey on 10 to step to her 18th tee box at even-par. However, a double-bogey on the par-3 13th hole pushed her to a 74.
Freshman Lena Schaeffner played consistent all day producing a 1-over 73. She finished the tournament tied for 35th (76-79-73 - 228). Frida Castillo rounded out the Chanticleer lineup as she tied for 41st. The sophomore knocked a stroke off her second round to card a 5-over 77 on her final 18 holes.
The Chants return to action Oct. 8-9 at the East Carolina-hosted Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.
PRESBYTERIAN FINISHES EIGHTH AT GREAT SMOKIES INTERCOLLEGIATE
Presbyterian College women's golfer Micah Dowling shot a school record of 143 (71, 72) to earn sixth place at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate on Monday. The Blue Hose finished eighth with a two-round score of 605 (306, 299).
Dowling improved upon the school record that was set one year ago at the very same tournament by two strokes. In doing so, the senior became the first women's golfer in PC history to shoot under par for a full tournament. It also marked her third career top-ten finish, and first since her freshman year.
Freshman MJ Nogay had a great tournament of her own, tying for 24th with a collegiate-best score of 149 (77, 72). Senior Kim Carpenter improved to shoot 156 (80, 76) and tie for 58th while junior Kalie Goodman shot 158 (78, 80) to tie for 60th. Junior Mary Kathryn Linder shot a collegiate-best round of 79 during the second round to also set a personal two-round best at 160 (81, 79) and tie for 62nd.
Morehead State shot one-under par (575; 288, 287) to take a seven-stroke win over Western Carolina. The Catamount's Taylor Allison and the Eagles' Linnea Scholin shot 4-under par to take co-medalist honors.
The Blue Hose will return to play at the Winthrop Intercollegiate in Rock Hill, S.C. from October 5-7.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN PLACES 15TH AT CARDINAL CUP
The Charleston Southern Lady Bucs shot a team 314 (+16) and claimed 15th overall in Tuesday's final round of the 2012 Cardinal Cup, played at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
CSU finished one stroke behind Akron for the event with a total of 944. Louisville won the tournament by a stroke over Missouri with an 896 (+32) total for the three rounds.
Chattanooga (901), Cincinnati (905), and Maryland (907) round out the top five. Louisville's Emily Haas ran away with the tournament and carried the Cardinals to the team title. She finished at 7-under to win by five strokes.
Junior Torey Johnson was CSU top finisher at 43rd. She shot a 78 in the final round to finish the event at 17-over. She had two birdies in her final round. Senior Amanda D'Ostroph finished tied for 51st after an 82 on Tuesday. She finished with a three-round 236 in the event.
Fellow senior Katelyn Bensch shot a 78 in the final round to finish at 22-over par for the tournament and tied for 55th, while junior Vanessa Jay finished 64th after a team-low 77 on Tuesday. Jay also had two birdies in her final round and played the back nine at even par.
Sophomore Viktoria Enhanger had an 81, her best round of the tournament, on Tuesday morning. She birdied the first hole and finished tied for 85th in the tournament.
The Lady Bucs return to action next weekend at the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate in Macon, Ga. The 54-hole event is Sept. 22-24 and is hosted by Mercer.