Radford's Runner-Up Finish Highlights Recent Women's Golf Action

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RADFORD SECOND AT LOW COUNTRY INTERCOLLEGIATE; GARDNER-WEBB FIFTH AND PRESBYTERIAN SEVENTH IN EVENT
With the event's lowest round, the Radford women's golf team took home a runner-up showing and freshman Alexandra Austin finished third on the individual leaderboard Monday afternoon in the conclusion of the Low Country Intercollegiate.

Radford (316-307) combined to shoot a 307, the tournament's lowest 18-hole score, and finished runner-up out of 15 teams with a final tally of 623.  The second-place performance was the highest since Radford won the Winthrop Fall Tournament in October 2010.  Furthermore, it was also the third lowest round for Radford this year.

Appalachian State held off Radford's surge to claim the team title with a slim two-stroke advantage.  The Highlanders improved nine swings from Monday's total.  Individually, Princeton's Kelly Shon and Maria Luz Besio of Newberry finished tied for first-place with combined scores of 149, +5, for the two-round tournament.

Austin handed in a one-over 73 in the final round and shot 11 positions up the leaderboard to finish tied for third.  The 73 matched her spring season low and her finish became a new career-best, bettering her fifth-place showing at the Spider Invitational in the fall.

Reigning Big South Women's Golfer of the Week Jade Okamoto carded a 77 and finished at 156 (+12).  Kirsty Condon recorded Radford's second-best round today at four-over 76 and joined Okamoto in a tie for 13th place in a field of 73 participants.  Paige Reese wrapped up her tournament tied for 22nd with a 159.  She carded rounds of 78 and 81, respectively.  For the second straight day, Amy McCollum penciled in an 81 and finished tied for 32nd. 
 
 
Gardner-Webb senior Courtney Finocchiaro finished in a tie for third-place overall to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a fifth-place team finish at the Low Country Intercollegiate hosted by Wofford College at the par-72, 5,853-yard South Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

As a team, the Runnin' Bulldogs carded rounds of 320 and 319 to finish the two-day event with a combined team score of 639, +63, good enough for a fifth-place finish.

GWU finished two strokes ahead of host Wofford College (641, +65), who took sixth place.  Finocchiaro led the Runnin' Bulldogs on both days, as she carded team low rounds of 76 on both Sunday and Monday, to finish in a five-way tie for third-place overall with her combined two-day score of 152, +8.

Behind Finocchiaro was junior Lauren Smith, who turned in rounds of 82 and 79 to finish in a tie at 29th-place overall with a combined score of 161, +17, and junior Sammy Vass, who carded two rounds of 81 to place in a tie at 32nd-place with her two round combined score of 162, +18.

Rounding out the scoring for GWU at the two-day event were juniors Hannah Hellyer and Meghan Allum.  Hellyer posted rounds of 81 and 83 to finish with a combined score of 164, +20, placing her in a tie for 39th-place overall, while Allum shot a 90 and an 85 to finish the two-day event in 68th-place with her combined two-day score of 175, +31.

The Presbyterian College women's golf team placed two seniors in the top-20 as they finished seventh at The Low Country Intercollegiate on Monday.  The Blue Hose shot 642 (316, 326) to show an improvement of nine strokes from a year ago.

Senior Kasay Holbrook tied for 15th with a two-round score of 157 (77, 80) while classmate Carrie McClenaghan tied for 18th at 158 (80, 78).  Sophomore Kalie Goodman tied for 39th in her first tournament of the spring with a two-round score of 164 (81, 83).  Junior Kim Carpenter was unable to duplicate her opening round of 78, as she fell back to tie for 47th at 165 (78, 87).  Sophomore Mary Kathryn Linder improved during the final round to tie for 64th at 173 (88, 85), tying her collegiate best.

The Highlanders will have a 13-day break to prepare for the 2012 Big South Women's Golf Championship.  PC and Gardner-Webb will return to play in the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate from April 2-3 in Morganton, N.C.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN EIGHTH AT UNCW SEAHAWK CLASSIC; BUCKNELL NINTH, WINTHROP 10TH AND HIGH POINT 11TH IN EVENT
The CSU women's golf team picked up an eighth place team finish at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic on Sunday afternoon at the River Landing Country Club in Wallace, N.C.

The Lady Bucs carded a team score of 307-309-310-926 for 62 over par.  They finished in front of Big South members Bucknell (ninth), Winthrop (10th) and High Point (11th).  East Carolina won the event with a score of 866 for two over par.

Torey Johnson placed 19th to lead the way for the Bucs, shooting 74-76-75-225 for nine over par.  She was followed by Vanessa Jay in 31st place.  Jay carded a score of 76-81-76-233 to finish 17 over.  Amanda D'Ostroph was 35th, shooting 78-77-79-234.  She finished the tournament 18 over par.  Katelyn Bensch shot 79-79-80-238 for 22 over par, finishing in 45th place.  Viktoria Enhager rounded things out for the Bucs, carding a 79-77-85-241 for 25 over par.

The Bucknell women's golf team completed its suspended second round followed by its entire third and final round at the UNCW Seahawk Classic on Sunday.  The Bison posted scores of 311 and 312 after an opening-round 306, and they finished in ninth place.

Bridget Wilcox, who led the team with a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, followed that terrific round with a 76 and a 78.  She finished in a tie for 19th place individually at 225.  Lauren Bernard had the low round of the day for Bucknell with a final-round 75 to go with a second-round 77.  Minjoo Lee closed with a pair of 79s after shooting 77 on Saturday. Brittany Rendell posted 79-81-80, and Kasha Scott shot 79-79-83.

Winthrop opened play on Friday with a 308, but could not make up any ground during the next two rounds as they shot 311 and 312 to finish at 931 which was 65 shots behind tournament champion East Carolina, which came back on Sunday to win the title by six shots over second place Old Dominion.

Eagle freshman Jennifer Dilger again led Winthrop as she tied for 19th place after finishing at 225 (74-73-78).  Senior Katie Bolling and freshman Rachel Wyatt tied for 42nd place with scores of 237.  Senior Kayla Cline was a shot back at 238 which tied her for 45th place.  Sophomore Allison Lee rounded out Winthrop's scoring with a 243 that tied her for 54th place.

The High Point University women's golf team finished 11th at the UNCW Seahawk Classic by turning in a three-day score of 934.  The 934 is the fourth-best 54-hole score in the Division-I era.

Junior Audra McShane paced the Panthers with a three-day 231 and freshman Grier Bennett recorded a collegiate-best 73 in the third and final round.  The tournament was scheduled to have 36 holes on Saturday, but was halted due to darkness. All teams had to finish two to four holes from the second round on Sunday, as well as play the third and final round.

McShane finished the tournament 30th overall after scoring a 76 in the first two rounds and turning in a 79 in the third round to give her a team-best 231 for the tournament.  Bennett tied for 31st after shaving six-strokes off her previous round with a 73, the best round of her collegiate career, on Sunday to go along with her 81 and 79 in the first two rounds.

Junior Jessica Neese carded three 79s and finished with a three-day 237 to tie for 41st while sophomores Angela Gimenez (80-79-79) and Margaret Suchan (76-80-82) each shot a 238 to tie for 45th overall.  Freshman Kaila Tuccio competed as an individual and scored a 266 (84-92-90) to finish in 61st.

Defending champion East Carolina won the tournament for the second-straight year with a 54-hole score of 866.  ECU was followed by Old Dominion which shot a combined 872 and future Big South member Longwood finished third with a cumulative 873.  JMU's Nikole Sakamoto captured the individual title after firing a 54-hole score of 212. 

Bucknell, High Point and Winthrop return to action at the Big South Championship April 9-11 at The Patriot Club in Ninety Six, S.C.  Charleston Southern will head to Morganton, N.C., to compete in the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on April 2 and 3.  The event will be hosted by Appalachian State at Mimosa Hills Country Club.

CAMPBELL PLACES FOURTH AT JOHN KIRK/PANTHER INTERCOLLEGIATE
Lisbeth Brooks
finished eighth overall, leading Campbell to a fourth place showing at the Georgia State John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate women's golf tournament at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

Brooks, a freshman from Waunakee, Wisc., entered the day tied for ninth along with Michelle Koh and Brooke Bellomy, posted a final round score of 74 on Tuesday, rounding out tournament play with a season-low 221 (72-75-74--221).

East Tennessee State's Gabriella Wahl picked up the tourney win with a 209, recording a final round low 69 (70-70-69--209).

Maryland (295-293-297--885) claimed the team title, vaulting past ETSU on the final day of competition with a 297 score and finishing with a team total 885.  Campbell placed fourth with an 895, gathering a 303 on Tuesday.  Mississippi State (289-303-299--891) registered a runner-up finish, while ETSU (296-289-307--892) took third in the event.

Koh (73-74-77--224) tied for 16th with a final 224, while Kaylin Yost (76-75-74--225) tied for 18th and Brooke Bellomy (75-72-79--226) placed 20th overall.  Teresa Urquizu (87-76-78--241) also placed 50th.

Competing as an individual, Campbell sophomore Maria Jose Benavides (76-78-76--230) finished 28th overall.

Next up for the Camels will be the Big South Conference Championship April 9-11 at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.