Seven Women's Golf Teams Open Spring Season at Kiawah Event


Michelle Koh
tied for 14th place and Campbell finished 3rd in the team standings after Tuesday's final round of the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic.

Koh shot an even-par 72 Tuesday on the par-72, 6001-yard Cougar Point layout and finished the 54-hole event at 9-over 225 (78-75-72).  She moved up 20 spots on the leaderboard after sitting in 34th place through 36 holes.

Sophomore Kaylin Yost tied for 17th (76-74-76-226) and fellow soph Maria Jose Benavides tied for 26th (78-74-75-227).  Freshman Lisbeth Brooks tied for 38th place (77-76-76-229) and junior Teresa Urquizu tied for 48th (75-75-81-231).

Playing as individuals, Campbell's Alexandra Prazak (85-81-82-248) and Brooke Bellomy (87-78-85-250) tied for 149th and 155th, respectively, in the 179-player field.

With two individuals among the top four, Augusta State (286-296-295-877) claimed team honors by 22 strokes over runner-up UNC Greensboro (307-297-295-899).  Campbell (306-298-299) and Elon (303-296-304) tied for third at 903 strokes in the 33-school field.

Coach John Crooks' Camels finished among the top four schools for the sixth time in seven tournaments this season.

Fanny Cnops of UNC Greensboro won individual honors at 2-under 214 (72-71-71), one stroke ahead of Christine Duschek-Hansen (72-72-71-215) of Augusta State.  Natalie Wille of Augusta State (69-77-71) tied with Erin Selfridge of Daytona State (73-70-74) for third place at one-over-par 217.

Kasha Scott fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Bucknell women's golf team to another strong day at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on Tuesday.  The Bison posted a 309 team score and finished 13th out of 33 teams, by far their best result in four years competing in this large event.

Bucknell made the cut for the final-round main draw after a terrific 298 in Monday's second round, and with a 929 total the Bison comfortably finished in the top half of a very strong field.  Bucknell was just two shots out of 11th place, and the team finished second among the seven Big South teams in the field.

Scott made four birdies, five bogeys and nine pars on Tuesday.  After an opening-round 84, the sophomore played her final 36 holes in just 3-over par.

Minjoo Lee recorded a top-20 finish (T-17th) after closing with a 77.  Lee, who also had rounds of 76 and 73, birdied her very first hole of the day on Tuesday and had a terrific week from start to finish.  Also for the Bison in the final round, Bridget Wilcox posted a 78, Lauren Bernard shot 81 and Brittany Rendell 83.

With a strong final round, the Charleston Southern women's golf team earned the best score of the day for the Oak Point Course in the consolation round of the 2012 Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston at Kiawah Island golf resort on Tuesday.  The Lady Bucs shot a 306 in the third and final round, taking 18th place overall in the 33-team tournament with a total score of 322-305-306-933 for 69 over par. 

Amanda D'Ostroph was 48th in the field of 179 golfers, shooting 15 over with a score of 79-77-75-231.  Katelyn Bensch shot an 82-74-79-235, shooting 19 over par to tie for 77th.  Bensch recorded birdies on the first and sixth holes of the third round, finishing with six overall.  In 84th place was Viktoria Enhager, who birdied on the first and 14th holes to shot a 75 in the third round.  She totaled 84-77-75-236 to finish 20 over par, along with Torey Johnson.  Johnson birdied four times in the third round to also finish 84th with a score of 82-77-77-236.  Vanessa Jay took 162nd, shooting 79-80-84-253 for 37 over par.  Jordan Hollinshead carded a score of 86-87-91-264 to end the tournament 48 over par and in 175th place.

The Presbyterian College women's golf team shot a combined 951 (325, 303, 323) over three days and two courses to finish 26th of 33 at the competitive Kiawah Island Intercollegiate on Tuesday.  Junior Micah Dowling led the Blue Hose with a three-round 227 (79, 70, 78) to tie for 26th.  Dowling set her personal best for a single round (70) during her only round at Cougar Point.  In doing so, she became only the third woman in PC's history to shoot under par for a round.

Senior Kasay Holbrook shot 237 (80, 78, 79) to finish tied for 91st.  Senior Carrie McClenaghan finished tied for 127th with a three-round score of  243 (81, 78, 84).  Junior Kim Carpenter shot 248 (88, 77, 83) to finish tied for 149th while her twin sister Kyleen Carpenter shot 251 (85, 83, 83) and finished 158th.

The Winthrop women's golf team opened its spring season with a 27th place finish in the 54-hole Kiawah Island Intercollegiate which wrapped up Tuesday.  Winthrop shot 953 (329-304-320) to finish 89-over par.  The Lady Eagles found themselves in 29th place after the opening round and maintained that standing after two rounds.

Senior Kayla Cline opened the tournament with an 84, but bounced back to fire rounds of 76 and 74 and tied freshman teammate Jennifer Dilger for the low team individual score at 284 which tied them for 63rd place.  Dilger shot 81-74-79.  Sophomore Allison Lee tied for 84th with a 236 (82-74-80).  Senior Katie Bolling came in 158th after shooting 251 (84-80-87).  Rounding out the Winthrop scoring was sophomore Nicole Mooberry at 256 (82-87-87) which put her in 168th place.

The High Point University women's golf team concluded play at the Kiawah Island Invitational with a combined score of 324 in the third round.  HPU finished the tournament 29th out of 33 teams and shot a 955 (331-300-324) for the tournament.

Sophomore Angela Gimenez led the Panthers for the third-consecutive day after firing a 75 on Tuesday to go along with her 80 in the first round and career-low 70 on Monday.  Gimenez finished the tournament in a tie for 17th overall.  The three-round 225 is a season-best 54-hole score for Gimenez and the mark ties Kate O'Sullivan from the 2004-05 year as the second-best 54-hole score since HPU joined Division I.

Junior Audra McShane, who had one birdie on the day, turned in a 79 in the third round to finish the event with a 241 (85-77-79) while fellow junior Jessica Neese carded an 86 including two birdies in her final round.  Neese shot a three-day 244 (82-76-86).

Freshman Kaila Tuccio equaled her first-round score of 84 on Tuesday and finished the tournament one-stroke behind Neese with a three-day 245 (84-77-84).  Freshman Grier Bennett rounds out the High Point five matching her first round score with another 85 on Tuesday and scored a 248 for the tournament after shooting a 78 on Monday.

Radford women's golf wrapped up the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon spearheaded by solid rounds from Paige Reese and Alexandra Austin.  In the final round, Radford (327-308-328) competed on the Oak Point course, which was setup as a par-72, 5,902-yard layout.  The Highlanders shot a 328 and finished the 54-hole event with a 963.

Reese and Austin capped the final day with rounds of 80 and 83, respectively.  The Radford duo finished at 18-over 234 and each tied for 63rd in a 179-player field.  Kirsty Condon also wrapped up the final 18 holes with an 83 and recorded a 248.

Campbell continues its spring schedule March 5-6 at the Hurricane Invitational hosted by the University of Miami.  Bucknell will be back in action March 16-17 when it hosts the Bison Challenge at Paiute in Las Vegas.  Charleston Southern, PC and Winthrop will compete in the Spider Spring Break Classic, hosted by the University of Richmond on March 10-11.  HPU returns to action over spring break in St. Augustine, Fla., where it will host the St. Augustine Surf and Turf from The Palencia Club and Marsh Creek Country Club, March 4-5.  Radford returns to the links March 9-11 when they compete in the JMU Eagle Landing Invite in Jacksonville, Fla.