CHARLESTON SOUTHERN WINS SPIDER INVITATIONAL IN PLAYOFF; WINTHROP TIES FOR FIFTH, PC EIGHTH AND GARDNER-WEBB NINTH
The Lady Bucs golf team overcame a six-stroke deficit to win a playoff over Boston College and take first place overall in the Spider Spring Break Invite on Sunday afternoon at The Reserve Course on St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C.
Charleston Southern carded a score of 329-317-317=963, finishing 99 over par. The squad defeated Boston College, which tallied a score of 312-328-323=963 for 99 over par as well, in a playoff for their first regular season win since 2008. The Lady Bucs, who won the Big South Tournament in 2010, won the CSU Fall Invite in October of 2008.
Amanda D'Ostroph and Torey Johnson tied for third place overall at the tournament, finishing with scores of 237 for 21 over. D'Ostroph slipped from second place in the third round, shooting 80-80-77=237. Johnson carded a final score of 83-78-76=237.
Katelyn Bensch picked up a top-ten finish as well, taking ninth place. She shot 81-76-84=241 for 25 over par.
In 35th place was Vanessa Jay, who shot 85-83-88=256 for 40 over par. After withdrawing from Saturday's rounds due to illness, Viktoria Enhager returned to the course to card a score of 80 in the final round.
Winthrop freshman golfer Jennifer Dilger finished second as the Lady Eagles tied for fifth place out of 12 teams in the 54-hole Richmond Spider Invitational that was played over the weekend at The Reserve at St. James Plantation. Dilger shot a 18-over score of 234 (78-77-79) to finish four shots behind tournament medalist Katia Joo from Boston College. It was Dilger's best collegiate finish. As a team, Winthrop shot 989 (335-326-328) to tie tournament host Richmond for fifth place.
Senior Kayla Cline tied for 19th place with a 247 (85-80-82) while freshman Rachel Wyatt tied for 32nd at 253 (97-86-80). Senior Katie Bolling and sophomore Allison Lee tied for 43rd place after shooting 261.
Carrie McClenaghan and Micah Dowling both shot a 78 in the third round to improve their spots by over 12 positions each and help the Presbyterian College women's golf team move from 10th to eight after the final round of the Spider at St. James.
Kasay Holbrook led the Blue Hose, tying for 15th with a 246. McClenaghan tied for 19th with a 247, after sitting tied for 31st after the second round yesterday. Dowling increased her position from the second round 14 spots to finish tied for 32nd with a 253. Kim Carpenter tied for 40th with a 258 and tied for 59th was Kyleen Carpenter with a 281.
The Gardner-Webb women's golf team recorded rounds of 334, 335 and 350 to place 10th overall in the team standings at the Spider Spring Break Invitational. Gardner-Webb shot a first round 334 and a second round 335 on Saturday, and wrapped up the three-round event with a third round combined team score of 350 on Sunday to finish the two-day event in 10th-place overall with a score of 1019, +155.
Junior Meghan Allum paced the women's golf team, as she carded rounds of 81, 76 and 85 to finish with a three-round combined score of 242, +26, placing her in 11th-place overall. Allum finished the tournament tied for second in birdies with six for the event. Fellow junior Hannah Hellyer finished in a four-way tie for 32nd-place with three other Big South competitors, as she posted rounds of 85, 84 and 84 to finish with a two-day score of 253, +37.
GWU's Lauren Smith recorded rounds of 86, 84 and 92 to finish with a combined score of 262, +46, good enough for a 46th-place finish, while sophomore Pilar Morgan rounded out the scoring for the Runnin' Bulldogs with scores of 88, 91 and 89, carding a final tournament score of 268, +52, placing her in 54th-place overall. Gardner-Webb's fifth and final competitor Sammy Vass did not finish the tournament after carding a first round 82 on Sunday morning.
Charleston Southern will hit the road again this weekend, participating in the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, hosted by Augusta State. The event will take place March 16-18 at the Forest Hills Country Club in Augusta, Ga. Winthrop will travel to Monterey Bay, Calif., this weekend to participate in the Del Monte Invitational March 18-20. PC and Gardner-Webb are next in action at the Low Country Intercollegiate March 24-26. The Tournament will be held at the Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
CAMPBELL FOURTH AT JMU EAGLE LANDING INVITE; RADFORD FINISHES 17TH
Campbell sophomore Kaylin Yost produced her first collegiate tournament title and the Camels finished fourth in the team standings after Sunday's final round of the James Madison/Eagle Landing Invitational women's golf tournament.
Yost was the lone golfer in the 101-player field to finish the event under par (67-74-74--215) on the par-72, 6282-yard Eagle Landing layout. She recorded 15 birdies over the 54-hole tournament, most in the field. Yost's performance was her fourth top-10 finish in her last five tournaments, including a fourth-place tie at the Miami Hurricane Invitational (March 5-6). Her 215 total marked Campbell's best 54-hole showing of the season and led the Camels to their eighth top-5 team finish in nine tournaments.
Campbell freshman Lisbeth Brooks (76-77-72--225) shot an even-par 72 on Sunday in a final round that included four birdies and finished the tournament in a tie for 21st place. Fellow freshman Brooke Bellomy (76-77-73--226) tied for 24th place after playing her final 12 holes at one-under-par. Senior Michelle Koh (75-76-77--228) tied for 34th and sophomore Maria Jose Benavides tied for 54th (79-79-76--234).
Playing as individuals, Teresa Urquizu (75-78-74--227) tied for 27th, Alexandra Prazak (76-76-80--232) tied for 47th and Babette Lemberger (79-81-81--241) tied for 81st.
Radford's Jade Okamoto carded a three-over 75 in the final round and Alexandra Austin finished in a tie for 27th place in the conclusion of the JMU Eagle Landing Invite Sunday afternoon. The Highlanders (311-315-311) garnered a 17th-place showing with a 937 total.
Austin wrapped up the event in 27th place out of 100 players due to a six-over 78 afternoon. Austin charted her only birdie on the second hole. She would go to record a three-day score of 227 (+11), seven strokes out of the Top-10.
After a three-over tally on the front nine, Okamoto returned to shoot even par over the back nine, including a birdie on the par-4 13th to post Radford's best score of the day. She would go on to jump an additional 12 positions up the leaderboard and finish in a tie for 47th with a 232. Overall, she moved up 26 positions from her first day ranking.
Kirsty Condon tied Okamoto for the Highlanders' best round of the day with her 75. Condon was the in the red over the back nine, collecting two birdies on 11 and 18 and penciled in seven pars. She charted a total of 240 in the event. Paige Reese recorded the third score for Radford with a 238 and finished in a tie for 69th.
Alex Buelow of Stetson (74-74-68--216), Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland (71-71-74--216) and Shena Yang of South Florida (69-75-72--216) finished in a three-way tie for second place at even-par 216. Katie Kirk of East Carolina (71-74-72--217) and Christina Miller of South Florida (69-73-75--217) tied for fifth.
South Florida (287-297-299--883) won the team title by three strokes over Maryland (295-290-301--886). East Carolina finished third (294-302-294--890) and Campbell fourth (294-304-295--893), while Illinois was fifth (302-294-304--900) in the 18-school field.
The Highlanders return to the course March 18-20 when they compete in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. The event will be held at the Kingsmill River Course in Williamsburg, Va. Campbell continues its spring season March 26-27 at the Georgia State John Kirk Lady Panther Intercollegiate.
COASTAL CAROLINA FOURTH AT DR. DENNIS THOMPSON INVITATIONAL
Brittany Henderson and Jessica Alexander each carded top 10 finishes in the 26th annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational to lead the Coastal Carolina women's golf team to a fourth place finish in the 14-team field.
The Chanticleers shot a final round of 20-over par as a team during Wednesday's action to fall one place in the team standings. No. 12 Texas A&M won the event with a three-round score of 37-over par and was followed by No. 24 UC Davis (+41), Gonzaga (+46), Coastal Carolina (+51) and Texas State (+60) in the top five at the par-72, 6,139 yard Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in Waikiki, Hawai'i.
Henderson led the charge as she tied for second overall, equaling her career-best finish, with a 54-hole score of 222 (72-72-78). Shooting a final round of 6-over par, Henderson played her front nine holes 1-under par with a birdie on the par-4 second hole. However, after the turn Henderson struggled to a 7-over finish over her final nine holes. The junior finished the tournament ranked tied for first as she played the par-4's 1-over for the tournament.
Alexander turned in a sixth-place finish (tied), her best of the season, with a three day tally of 222 (77-74-75). Alexander countered an early bogey with a birdie to play even par through her first nine holes of the day. The junior then fell into a mid-round slump as she bogeyed four of her next five holes before recovering with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole. She pared out the round to produce her plus-3 score.
Senior Kaitlin Higginbotham carded Coastal's best round on Wednesday, despite a double bogey, helping her finish tied for 21st overall. Higginbotham started the day 1-under through her first nine holes. One-under as she stepped onto the 12th tee box, Higginbotham would record a double bogeys but would recover with two bogeys versus one bogey to finish the round at even par. Higginbotham co-led the field with a combined 10 birdies over the two day event.
Freshman Frida Castillo fired an 86 on the day to place tied for 54th with a three round 241 total. Courtney Boe rounded out the Coastal contingent an 83 to tie for 65 overall.
The Chanticleers don't get much time before their next round of competition as they play in The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn at the Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif., March 18-20.