Charleston Southern Paces Recent Women's Golf Action

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN CLAIMS THIRD AT CSU WENDY'S INVITATIONAL; RADFORD SIXTH AND PRESBYTERIAN 11TH IN EVENT
Charleston Southern seniors Amanda D'Ostroph and Katelyn Bensch both grabbed a top five finish to lead the Lady Bucs to a third place finish at the 2012 Wendy's Invitational, which concluded on Tuesday at Rivertowne Country Club.

The pair of CSU seniors helped CSU to a final round 309 and tournament total of 905 for the 54-hole event.  Richmond, which topped CSU by 13 strokes, won the event with a total of 893 after a 306 on Tuesday.  Wofford jumped into second place, one stroke ahead of CSU, following a 301 in the final round, the lowest team total of the day. A ppalachian State finished fourth and Armstrong Atlantic State finished fifth to round out the top five teams.

Richmond's Tracy Martin claimed medalist honors with an even-par 72 on Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Signature Course.  She finished the tournament with a 1-under total of 215, two strokes ahead of AASU's Jenna Birch (+1).

D'Ostroph played her first six holes at 1-under and finished the final round with a 76 (+4).  She had a birdie on each nine to finish in sole possession of fourth place, six strokes back with a total of 221.  Bensch had an up-and-down 75 (+3) in her final round, CSU's low round of the day.  She finished with four bogeys, a double bogey, and three birdies, including sinking a 40-foot putt from the fringe on the par-3 fourteenth.  She finished the tournament at 6-over, a stroke back of D'Ostroph.

Bensch and D'Ostroph earned All-Tournament Team honors, along with Richmond's Martin and Courtney Rousse, AASU's Birch, and Appalachian State's Rumbidzai Masamvu.

Freshman Casey MacNeil followed up her 1-under 71 on Monday afternoon with a 79 (+7) in her final round. She finished tied for 11th,, her best career finish to-date.  Junior Vanessa Jay finished the tournament in 37th after her second consecutive 79 (+7).  She was 1-over on her round after a birdie on the 12th hole, before struggling down the stretch.

Fellow junior Torey Johnson finished 43rd after an 81 in her final round, which included three birdies.  CSU's Viktoria Enhager, playing as an individual, finished 62nd with an 87 in her round.

Radford's Katie Parrott returned a career-best 2-over 74 to the clubhouse Tuesday to lead the Highlanders to a sixth-place finish at the CSU Wendy's Invitational.  The Highlanders' three-round ledger of 928 (314-303-311) was four shots clear of USC Beaufort's 932 (302-315-315) and only eight shots behind fifth-place Armstrong Atlantic's 920 (301-309-310).

Leading the Highlanders was Hayley Hammond, who finished tied for 16th at 230 (76-75-79).  For Hammond, the tournament marked her second Top-20 performance through four events this season.  Five shots behind Hammond was Paige Reese, who logged a season-low 54-hole total of 235 (76-77-82) to finish tied for 29th.

Alexandra Austin bounced back during the final round to finish tied for 36th at 237 (82-79-76).  Kirsty Condon also tied for 36th at 237 (80-72-85).

Parrott shaved two strokes off her previous career-best of 76 fired at the Highlander Invitational last month to lead the Radford contingent in the final round.  Her three-round 241 (87-80-74) also sets a career-low 54-hole ledger, besting her 243 shot at the season-opening Bison Intercollegiate.

Presbyterian College senior golfer Micah Dowling earned her fourth career top-ten finish by shooting a final round of 73 at the CSU Wendy's Invitational on Tuesday.  PC finished 13th as a team with a three-round score of 978 (332, 319, 327).

Dowling jumped 13 places on the final day to finish tenth overall with a score of 226 (76, 77, 73).  Her final round of 73 was one stroke off the tournament best for Tuesday as well as the program's best for a third round.  Dowling earned her fourth top-ten finish as a Blue Hose and her second of the fall.

Junior Kalie Goodman tied for 58th at 247 (85, 78, 84).  Freshman MJ Nogay shot 248 (83, 81, 84) to tie for 60th.  Senior Kim Carpenter shot 257 (88, 83, 86) to finish 69th.  Junior Morgan Bentley improved to finish at 277 (96, 92, 89) and claim 74th.

Charleston Southern has one tournament remaining in its fall schedule.  The Lady Bucs will play in the nearby Palmetto Intercollegiate on Johns Island on Oct. 28-29 at Oak Point Golf Club.  The Highlanders conclude their fall slate at next week's 54-hole Fighting Camel Classic hosted by Campbell at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C.  Presbyterian College's fall schedule is complete.

COASTAL CAROLINA TIES FOR SEVENTH AT SUSIE MAXWELL BERNING CLASSIC
The Coastal Carolina women's golf senior Brittany Henderson finished tied for 11th overall to lead the Chanticleers to tie for seventh at the 34th Susie Maxwell Berning Classic hosted by the University of Oklahoma at the 6,237-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

The Sooners captured the team title with a 5-under 54-hole tally of 859.  Notre Dame (888) placed second followed by Denver (898), Texas Tech (899), SMU (901) and Ohio State (902).  The Chants, who tied with Texas State for seventh in the 18-team field, posted a three-day tally of 905 (297-299-309).

After leading Coastal with an even-par 72 on Tuesday, Henderson again paced the Chants on Wednesday with a 3-over 75.  The senior tied for 11th with a 54-hole total of 222 (75-72-75).  She has now recorded a top 20 finish in each of Coastal's three tournaments this season.

Senior Jessica Alexander posted a final score of 225 (74-73-78), earning a tie for 18th place in the tournament field of 95.   Alexander, who shot par or better on 11 round three holes, has also finished in the top 20 in each of Coastal's three fall events.

Marissa Hinchman, a freshman, fired a third round score of 76 (+4), which was her lowest of the tournament.  She finished tied for 54th with a total of 231 (78-77-76).

Frida Castillo and Lena Schaeffner tied for 63rd overall with identical three-day scores of 233.  Castillo, who had two birdies on the round, turned in an 81.  Schaeffner posted an 80 on the day to match her second day score.

The Chanticleers return to the links at the College of Charleston-hosted Palmetto Classic from Oct. 28-29.  The 54-hole tournament will take place at the Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.