Hole-In-One, Four Top 5 Finishes Highlight Women's Golf Action


Gardner-Webb seniors Meghan Allum and Hannah Hellyer each posted a top-five finish to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a second-place team finish at the two-day Winthrop University Intercollegiate hosted by Winthrop University at the par 72, 5,979-yards Rock Hill Country Club golf course in Rock Hill, S.C.

Gardner-Webb turned in team rounds of 310 and 300 to finish with a two-round combined team score of 610, +34, to finish in second-place overall.  Allum led the Runnin' Bulldogs over the 36-hole event with rounds of 74 and 75 to finish in fourth-place overall with a combined tournament score of 149, +5.

GWU's Hellyer also posted a top-five finish, as the senior carded two rounds of 75 to finish in a tie for fifth-place overall with a two-day score of 150, +6.

Fellow seniors Lauren Smith and Sammy Vass finished in a tie for 13th and in a tie for 19th-place, respectively.  Smith bounced back from a first round 80 on Saturday to shoot a 74 on Sunday afternoon to finish with a combined two-round score of 154, +10.  Like Smith, Vass played better on day two, carding rounds of 81 and 76 to finish the tournament with a combined team score of 157, +13.

Rounding out the group for GWU was junior Pilar Morgan who recorded rounds of 81 and 84 to finish in a tie at 34th-place overall with her combined score of 165, +21.

Playing as individuals were both freshmen Mary Katherine Donovan and Tessy Tuschen.   Donovan turned in rounds of 79 and 80 to finish with a combined score of 159, +15, good enough to place her in a tie for 25th-place overall, while fellow newcomber Tuschen carded rounds of 86 and 85 to finish in 43rd-place overall with here two-day score of 171, +27.

The Runnin' Bulldogs were 18 strokes behind the tournament champion in the Appalachian State Mountaineers who won the event with a team score of 592, +16.

Winthrop's women's golf team slipped to third in the final standings of the 36-hole Winthrop Invitational on Sunday.

Appalachian State posted an 18-shot win over Gardner-Webb to take the tournament championship.  The Mountaineers cooled off a bit from their opening day 4-over par score of 292 as they shot 300 on Sunday.  GWU improved from fourth place, shooting a 300 on Sunday and finishing with a two-day total of 610.  The Eagles trimmed six strokes off its opening round score to shoot 303 on a cool, overcast day over the par 72, 5,974-yard layout and finished with a 612, but they slipped to third place in the final standings after beginning the final 18 holes tied for second place. 

Winthrop junior Meagan Wallace finished in a three-way tie for fifth place as she finished at 150 (74-76).  Sophomore Jennifer Dilger crafted the best round by an Eagle on Sunday was a 74 as she finished eighth at 151 (77-74).  Sophomore Rachel Wyatt tied teammate Viivi Nuorti for 10th place at 152 (77-75).  Nuorti, who was playing an individual had a couple of 76s. 

Presbyterian College women's golfer MJ Nogay finished two strokes out of the top-ten as she led the Blue Hose at the Winthrop Intercollegiate.  The freshman golfer shot a final round of 79 to fall into a tie for 13th place.  Nogay led the Blue Hose with a two-round score of 154 (75, 79) on the par-72 course that measured 5,979 yards.  It was the first time she has led the team, and was also her first top-20 finish.

Four strokes back, tied for 22nd, seniors Micah Dowling and Kim Carpenter shot 158 and finished one stroke out of the top-20.  Dowling had rounds of 78 and 80, while Carpenter had an opening round of 83 and a team-best final round of 75.  Senior Kyleen Carpenter tied for 37th at 167 (83, 84).  Freshman Libby Crawford improved to finish 41st with a collegiate-best score of 169 (86, 83).

The Blue Hose finished 7th with a two-day score of 636 (319, 317) and were just five strokes from fifth place.

Gardner-Webb return to the links for competition on Saturday, October 20, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will compete in a dual match versus High Point University at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.  Winthrop will close out its fall season Oct. 22-23 at the Fighting Camel Classic in Buies Creek, N.C.  The Blue Hose will next play at the Wendy's Invitational from October 14-16.

Behind top 15 performances by seniors Jessica Alexander and Brittany Henderson, the Coastal Carolina women's golf team tied for fifth in the 20-team field at the East Carolina-hosted Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.  The event was shortened to 18 holes after the final two rounds were washed out.

The two-day, 54-hole event was first reduced to just 36 holes after second round action was washed out at the Greenville Country Club.  After two hours of action, play was halted for 90 minutes due to lightning in the area during intermediate showers.  When the golfers resumed play and finished first round action, heavier rains entered the area and play was halted for good around 4 p.m., leaving officials to cancel second round play all together.  Rain and wet course conditions forced the cancellation of the final round.

Alexander tied for fourth overall after carding an even-par 72 on the 6,004-yard course. Alexander made the turn at 1-under thanks to a trio of birdies.  She would push to 2-under after her fourth birdie on the par-4 14th hole; however, a double-bogey on 18 left her even on the round.

Henderson shot a 1-over 73 to tie for 12th in the 95-competitor field.  She exchanged a birdie for a bogey in her opening nine to make the turn at even-par.  Bogeys on 11 and 16 moved her to 2-over with two holes to play.  But the veteran sank her birdie putt on the par-5 18th to finish with a 73.

Sophomore Frida Castillo and freshmen Marissa Hinchman and Lena Schaeffner each shot a 7-over 79 to tie for 48th overall with nine other competitors.  Hinchman and Schaeffner both carded a pair of birdies on the day, while Castillo shot par on 12 of her holes.

Longwood University posted a round of 303 Monday in women's golf and finished in a tie for fifth place with Coastal Carolina.  Junior Hannah Pierce led the Lancers with her even-par score of 72 that tied for fourth place among the field of 104.  Pierce was followed by senior Ha Lee (75, t-21st), junior Amanda Steinhagen (77, t-33rd), senior Ariel Witmer (79, t-48th), along with junior Megan McCracken (88, t-100th).

By virtue of her season-low even-par 72 Monday, Radford's Alexandra Austin earned a spot on the all-tournament team.  The Highlanders finished 18th in the team standings after recording a 323.

Austin was 3-under-par through her first seven holes.  She ended the tournament with six birdies to put her tied for fourth, four shots back of Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy (68).  For Austin, it was her seventh Top-10 showing of her young career.  She beat the 13th, 32nd, 59th and 99th-ranked players in the nation to do so.

Hayley Hammond shot an 80 (t-60), while Kirsty Condon finished with an 85 (t-92).  Paige Reese turned in an 86 (t-95) and Katie Parrott recorded a 92 (t-103).

The High Point University women's golf team finished in a tie for 19th at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate with a team score of 325 and tied with Western Carolina for 19th.  Freshman Tan Cheeranont led the Panthers with a 76, including her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole.  The freshman was one of five golfers to score an eagle in the tournament.  She finished in a tie for 24th.

Fellow freshman Casey Ward shot an 80 in the wet conditions, good for a tie for 60th while sophomore Grier Bennett turned in an 83 to tie for 79th.  The senior combination of Audra McShane (86) and Jessica Neese (88) rounded out the five for the Panthers.

Tiebreaking procedures gave Maryland its third-straight team victory at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate while UNC Wilmington took second after both teams shot 295. Old Dominion (301) finished third while Elon captured fourth with 302.

UM's Juliet Vongphoumy garnered the individual medal by firing a four-under 68 after tying for second in last year's tournament.  Boston College's Christina McQuiston (70) took home second and UNCW's Lori Beth Adams turned in a 71 for third place.  Eight golfers finished in a tie for fourth overall after going even with 72.

Coastal Carolina plays next at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla., Oct. 15-17.  Longwood is back in action Oct. 22-23 at the Fighting Camel Classic.  The Highlanders return to the links next week for the Wendy's CSU Invitational.  The Panthers are off until Oct. 20 when they head to the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C. to host Big South foe Gardner-Webb in a dual match.