Gardner-Webb's Victory Highlights Recent Women's Golf Action


The Gardner-Webb women's golf team had four different golfers place in the top-10, as the Runnin' Bulldogs took first-place overall in the team standings at the Highlander Invitational Sunday afternoon at the par-72, 6,168-yards Draper Valley Golf Club in Radford, Va.  Winthrop newcomer Meagan Wallace got her Eagle career off to a strong start as she captured the 2012 Highlander Invitational with a one-stroke victory.

The Gardner-Webb women's golf team carded low rounds of 303 and 296 on Sunday to take first-place overall with a combined team score of 599, +23.

Gardner-Webb finished nine strokes ahead of Winthrop University, who took second-place overall at 608, +32, and 13 strokes in front of host Radford, who finished in third with a team score of 612, +36.

Senior Hannah Hellyer paced the Runnin' Bulldogs, as she posted rounds of 74 and 72 to finish in second-place overall for the two-round event with a combined score of 146, +2.

Finishing in a tie at sixth-place overall was fellow seniors Meghan Allum and Lauren Smith, as the two turned in two-round combined scores of 151, +7.  Allum bounced back from a first round 80, +8, to shoot a second round 71, -1 under par, to earn her top-10 finish, while Smith recorded rounds of 74 and 77 to post her score of 151.

Senior Sammy Vass earned a top-10 finish with her consistent play on Sunday, as she totaled back-to-back rounds of 76, +4, to finish in 10th-place overall with a two-round combined score of 152, +8, for the day.

Freshman Mary Katherine Donovan, who won the first-ever collegiate event she played in earlier this fall season, carded rounds of 79 and 83 to finish in a tie for 23rd-place overall with a combined score of 162, +18.

Allum led the tournament field with 25 pars overall on the day, while Hellyer was second in the field with six birdies overall.

Playing as individuals for the one-day event, junior Pilar Morgan posted rounds of 78 and 77 to finish in a tie for 14th-place overall at 155, +9, while freshman newcomer Tessy Tuschen carded rounds of 86 and 80 to finish in a tie for 30th-place overall with her combined score of 166, +22.

Wallace finished with a 1-over par 145 (71-74) over the 6,179-yard layout at the Draper Valley Golf Club.  Winthrop sophomore Rachel Wyatt claimed third place as she was two shots behind Wallace at 147 (75-72).

Winthrop started a young group in the fall season opener with two juniors (Wallace and Allison Lee) and three sophomores (Wyatt, Jennifer Dilger and Anna Jenkins).  Dilger tied for 16th place  with a 156 (79-77) while Lee tied for 23rd at 162 (84-78) and Jenkins came in tied for 34th with a 169 (82-87).

Fueled by Top-10 performances from Alexandra Austin and Hayley Hammond, the Radford women's golf team finished third in the Highlander Invitational on Sunday evening carding a two-round ledger of 612 (307-305).

Hammond led the Highlanders in the morning round, firing a 4-over 76.  After trimming one stroke off in the evening round, Hammond finished with a 151 to tie for sixth with three other golfers, including her teammate Austin.

The sophomore carded a 5-over 77 in the first round and made the biggest move of the RU squad by posting a team-best 2-over 74 in the evening.  For Austin, it is her sixth Top-10 showing of her young career.

Paige Reese finished just one shot out of the Top-10 with a 153 (77-76).  Freshman Katie Parrott was impressive in her morning round, recording a season-best 5-over 77.  She tied for 23rd after shooting 85 over the final 18 holes.

Rounding out the scoring was Kirsty Condon, who fired a 165 (85-80) to end in 29th place. Competing as an individual, Courtney Floyd shot 189 (100-89) to come in 45th.

The Highlanders' third-place performance marks the second straight Top-5 showing of the season and becomes the 16th Top-5 finish under head coach Jeff Beeler.

The High Point University women's golf team finished in fifth place at the Highlander Invitational after shooting a combined 624 (318-306) in two rounds.  Sophomore Grier Bennett set a new career-best by tying for fourth overall after posting scores of 74 and 76 to finish with a 150.

Bennett led the field by going two-under on par 3s.  The sophomore also tied for second with 24 pars in the tournament.

Following close behind Bennett was freshman Tan Cheeranont who tied for 13th after recovering from a first-round 84 to fire a second round 70 to finish the day with a 36-hole score of 154.  Senior Audra McShane dropped a stroke in the second round and carded a 157 (79-78).  

Freshman Casey Ward fired a 163 (81-82) and sophomore Margaret Suchan scored 177 after a 92 in the first round and 85 in the second, while senior Jessica Neese, competing as an individual, tied for 11th overall and posted a 153 (77-76). 

Gardner-Webb and High Point will next be in action on October 1-2, as both squads will compete at the UNCG/Starmount Classic hosted by UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C.

The Lady Eagles next action will come in two weeks when they host the annual Winthrop Classic on Oct. 6-7 at the Rock Hill Country Club.  The Lady Pirate Intercollegiate is the next stop for Radford, which gets underway on Monday, Oct. 8.  The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by East Carolina at Greenville Country Club.

Katelyn Bensch was named to the Eat-A-Peach All-Tournament team, finishing tied for fifth overall at the tournament hosted by Mercer University over the weekend as the Lady Buccaneers recorded their top finish of the young 2012 season, finishing second overall at the Pine Lakes Golf Course.

Bensch was among the tournament leaders all weekend, firing a 74-71 over the first two days before ending the three-day event with a final round 76 to wrap up the event.  The senior from Greenville, S.C. carded an overall 221 on the tournament, finishing five-over par to tie for fifth overall among the field.

Buoyed by two of the lowest team rounds in Lady Bucs history, Charleston Southern finished four strokes behind tournament host and champion Mercer University as CSU finished the final round with a 303 to record an 895 over the three days.  Mercer led all schools at the tournament with an 891 to win the team title.

Casey MacNeil finished with the low round of the final day for Charleston Southern on Monday, finishing with a 74, two-over to finish in a three-way tie for seventh overall at the tournament.  The freshman recorded a 78-72 over the first two rounds of play to finish with a 224 on the weekend.

Torey Johnson also continued a strong weekend in tying with MacNeil and Stetson's Sammi Smith for seventh overall with a 224.  Johnson recorded rounds of 72-75-77 for her best tournament of the 2012 season to date.  Vanessa Jay fired matching 76s across the board to finish 10th overall among the field.  She finished the three rounds with a final score of 228, 12-over par for the tournament.  Amanda D'Ostroph also took on the field for the Lady Bucs on the weekend, finishing tied for 16th overall with a three round total of 233, while Viktoria Enhager carded a 234, taking 20th overall while competing as an individual.

Charleston Southern returns to the links on October 15-16 as the Lady Bucs host the Wendy's Classic at Rivertowne Country Club.

Kaylin Yost
shot the low round of the day (67) and Campbell finished 4th of 18 teams Wednesday in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at the Red Sky Golf Club Fazio Course.

Yost made 5 birdies Wednesday in her bogey-free round and moved up to a tie for 23rd place (75-81-67--223).  The 2012 Big South Conference Player of the Year finished the 54-hole event tied with teammate Brooke Bellomy with the 6th-most birdies (12) in the 90-player field.  Yost also finished the par-3 holes at even-par, 5th-best in the event.

Bellomy tied for 15th place at 5-over 221 (71-75-75) to follow up her first collegiate win earlier in the month at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

Senior Teresa Urquizu made 34 pars (tied for 13th) in the 3-day tournament and finished in 31st place (78-72-75--225).  Sophomore Lisbeth Brooks tied for 32nd (74-76-76--226) and had 35 pars (tied for 7th).  Freshman Tahnia Ravnjak tied for 79th (83-80-82--245).

Pepperdine (286-289-285--860) won the 18-school event at 4-under par, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Cal-Davis (292-285-288--865).  Oklahoma was third (286-300-295--881), followed by Campbell (298-303-293--894), Denver (305-297-293--895) and Mississippi (300-296-303--899).

The top-ranked schools from each of 18 leagues nationwide participated, including the defending Big South champion Campbell, which placed in front of members of the Southeastern (Ole Miss), Atlantic Sun (ETSU), PAC-12 (UCLA), Atlantic Coast (Florida State), Big East (South Florida), Big Ten (Nebraska), Conference USA (Tulsa) and Southern (Furman) conferences.

Demi Runas of Cal-Davis claimed individual honors at 7-under 209 (71-67-71), three strokes ahead of runners-up Fabiola Arriaga of Texas-San Antonio (75-68-69--212) and Grace Na of Pepperdine (69-70-73--212).

Campbell continues its fall schedule Oct. 1-2 at the UNCG Starmount Classic.

Longwood University posted a final round of 307 Sunday in women's golf for a 54-hole score of 910 (307-296-307) to finish in sixth place among 16 teams at the Yale Women's Intercollegiate played at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.  Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University won the tournament with its 292-281-286--859 at the 5,901-yard, par 72 layout, while NSU's Daniela Ortiz took individual medalist honors at nine-under-par 73-67-67--207. 

Junior Amanda Steinhagen led the Lancers with her score of 79-68-74--221 that tied for ninth place among the field of 87.  Longwood will next participate in the Nittany Lion Invitational hosted by Penn State University on Sept. 28-30 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Steinhagen was followed by seniors Ariel Witmer (76-76-76--228, 25th) and Ha Lee (72-78-80--230, t-30th), along with juniors Hannah Pierce (80-74-77--231, t-33rd) and Megan McCracken (97-87-91--275, 85th).

Nova Southeastern was followed among the top-10 by Penn State (885), Harvard (886), Seton Hall (909) and Yale (909), Longwood (910), Boston College (911), Princeton (919), Rutgers (932) and Brown (945).