Coastal Carolina Wins Big South Women's Golf Championship

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NINETY SIX, S.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Coastal Carolina posted the lowest round of the tournament with a team aggregate score of 299 to win the 2011 Big South Women's Golf Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Wednesday afternoon at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Ninety-Six, S.C.  The Chanticleers won the team title for the second time in three years and captured its fifth Big South Women's Golf crown - the second-most in League history.

Coastal Carolina won by 18 strokes and receives the Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.  Individually, Big South Women's Golfer of the Year Jessica Alexander carded an even-par 72 on Wednesday - tied for the lowest individual round of the tournament -- to win medalist honors by one shot with a 54-hole score of 225.  She entered the final round tied for fourth-place with High Point's Jessica Neese at 153 and was four shots off the lead.  Gardner-Webb's Hannah Hellyer, the 36-hole leader by three strokes at 149, posted a 5-over 77 in the final round and tied for second with Bucknell's Lauren Bernard at 226.  Bernard vaulted from sixth-place into the runner-up spot with a 72 on Wednesday, which included a 1-under 35 on the back nine.  She also was 1-under for the day through 15 holes.

The Chanticleers placed four players in the top eight, as Brittany Henderson was fourth with a 227 (74-78-75), followed by Courtney Boe tying for sixth-place with a 232 (77-79-76).  Kaitlin Higginbotham tied for eighth with a 233 (75-77-81).  Coastal Carolina entered the final round with an 11-shot lead over Gardner-Webb, and the Runnin' Bulldogs tallied a 308 on Wednesday to earn team runner-up honors at 930 - the school's best finish since joining the Big South Conference in 2008-09.

Unlike the first two days, Wednesday's final round featured sunny skies, no wind and pleasant temperatures.  Following second-place Gardner-Webb, Bucknell was third with a 949 - the team's best finish since becoming an associate women's golf member in 2003, while High Point was fourth with a 953, its best finish since 2006.  Radford and host Winthrop tied for fifth with a 959, just ahead of Charleston Southern (960).  Associate member Holy Cross officially finished eighth with a 1,063.  Presbyterian College concluded the tournament at 1,021, but the Blue Hose's results do not officially count in the individual or team standings as part of their transition process to Division I.

Earning All-Conference honors based on their play in the Conference Championship were Bernard, Hellyer, Henderson, Neese and Gardner-Webb's Lauren Smith.  The five join Alexander, Boe, Higginbotham, Bucknell's Katie Jurenovich and Radford's Hannah Coles, who were voted to the team for their regular-season play and were announced on Monday.

Below are the final team and individual results, as well as the complete Women's Golf award recipients.

FinalTeam Leaders  FinalIndividual Leaders     
1.Coastal Carolina301-312-299 = 912   1.Jessica Alexander, Coastal Carolina75-78-72 = 225 +9   
2.Gardner-Webb316-306-308 = 930 T-2.Lauren Bernard, Bucknell75-79-72 = 226+10   
3.Bucknell321-320-308 = 949 T-2.Hannah Hellyer, Gardner-Webb76-73-77 = 226+10   
4.High Point321-314-318 = 953 4.Brittany Henderson, Coastal Carolina74-78-75 = 227+11   
T-5.Radford321-320-318 = 959 5.Jessica Neese, High Point75-78-78 = 231+15   
T-6.Winthrop321-325-313 = 959 T-6.Courtney Boe, Coastal Carolina77-79-76 = 232+16   
7.Charleston Southern312-328-320 = 960 T-6.Lauren Smith, Gardner-Webb78-78-76 = 232+16   
**Presbyterian College348-339-334 = 1021 T-8.Kayla Cline, Winthrop76-81-76 = 233+17   
8.Holy Cross354-355-354 = 1063 T-8.Kaitlin Higginbotham, Coastal Carolina75-77-81 = 233+17   
    10.Sammy Vass, Gardner-Webb81-76-77 = 234+18   


ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM 
Jessica Alexander, Soph., Coastal Carolina
Courtney Boe, Fr., Coastal Carolina
Kaitlin Higginbotham, Jr., Coastal Carolina
Katie Jurenovich, Sr., Bucknell
Hannah Coles, Sr., Radford
Lauren Bernard, Fr., Bucknell
Hannah Hellyer, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Brittany Henderson, Soph., Coastal Carolina
Jessica Neese, Soph., High Point
Lauren Smith, Soph., Gardner-Webb
 
ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Minjoo Lee, Jr., Bucknell
Amanda D'Ostroph, Soph., Charleston Southern
Alicia Grier, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Courtney Meyer, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Audra McShane, Soph., High Point
Meghan Doherty, Sr., Holy Cross
Micah Dowling, Soph., Presbyterian College
Jade Okamoto, Jr., Radford
Katie Bolling, Jr., Winthrop

GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Jessica Alexander, Soph., Coastal Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Courtney Boe, Coastal Carolina

COACH OF THE YEAR
Katie Quinney, Coastal Carolina

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Minjoo Lee, Jr., Bucknell

INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST
Jessica Alexander, Coastal Carolina

INDIVIDUAL RUNNER-UP
Lauren Bernard, Bucknell
Hannah Hellyer, Gardner-Webb