Winthrop and Bucknell Lead Recent Women's Golf Action

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WINTHROP TIES FOR FOURTH AT MONTERERY BAY INVITATIONAL
The Winthrop women's golf team shot 315 for the third straight day and finished in a tie for fourth place in the 12-team field with a 54-hole score of 945 at the Monterey Bay Invitational, which was played on the Del Monte Golf Club course, one of the four courses at Pebble Beach.

Freshman Jennifer Dilger had a solid tournament performance as she returned to her home state.  The Palmdale, Calif. product tied for fourth in medal play as she turned in a score of 226 (78-71-77) to lead the Eagle women.  She entered the final day in second place, but finished three shots behind tournament winner Chiara Ciitterio of Missouri State who was playing as an individual.

Wichita State came back in the final round to overtake Missouri State to win the team title with a total score of 927.  MSU, which led for the first two rounds, shot 931 and finished third, one shot behind Columbia.

Winthrop senior Kayla Cline tied for 14th after shooting 234 (71-81-76).  Freshman Rachel Wyatt and senior Katie Bolling tied for 34th place at 244.  Sophomore Nicoie Mooberry shot 248 to finish in 49th place.

Three other Winthrop players participated as individuals.  Sophomore Allison Lee finished 52nd with a 249 total.  Senior Allison Itria tied for 59th after shooting 256, and freshman Viivi Nuorti finished 66th with a 260.

BUCKNELL FINISHES FOURTH AT BISON INVITATIONAL IN VEGAS
The final round of the Bison Challenge at Paiute women's golf tournament was stopped after four holes due to high winds on the Snow Mountain Course.  The windy conditions caused balls to move on the greens, thus play had to be halted.  Standings after 36 holes become official, meaning Bucknell finishes in fourth place out of 18 teams.

The Bucknell women's golf team hosted a tournament in Las Vegas for the first time.  Kasha Scott (80-77) and Bridget Wilcox (79-78) both had 157 totals to lead Bucknell after a tough day of golf played in high winds.

Bucknell posted team scores of 322 and 312 for a 36-hole total of 634.  Scott and Wilcox both tied for 11th place individually.  Lauren Bernard's second-round 76 was the team's low round of the event.  Bernard opened with an 83 and finished in 16th place.  Brittany Rendell (82-81) and Minjoo Lee (81-83) also played for the Bison, while Lexi Klein (80-88), Kelsey Meybin (84-87) and Emily Timmons (94-91) competed as individuals.

HIGH POINT EIGHTH, RADFORD NINTH AT C&F BANK INTERCOLLEGIATE
The High Point University women's golf team shot a combined 308 in the third and final round of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate to finish in eighth place out of 21 teams with a total score of 942 on Tuesday in Williamsburg, Va.  The tournament was held at Kingsmill Resort, on the famed River Course designed by Peter Dye and featured a 6,907-yard, par-71 championship layout.

Junior Jessica Neese was HPU's top finisher in the event after carding a 76 in the final round.  Neese had two birdies on the round to help her turn in the Panthers' lowest score of the day.  The junior finished the tournament in a tie for 18th with a three-day score of 232 (77-79-76). 

Freshman Grier Bennett carded a 77 in the third round and finished in a tie for 32nd with a 54-hole score of 236 (81-78-77).  The freshman finished one-stroke ahead of junior Audra McShane who ended the tournament in a tie for 37th after shooting a final-round 78 for a three-round total of 237 (80-79-78).

Sophomore Angela Gimenez carded an 81 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 50th with a total score of 241 (79-81-81) while sophomore Margaret Suchan shaved eight strokes off her second-round score with a 77 on the final day to finish in a tie for 67th with a 54-hole total of 250 (88-85-77).

Radford's Jade Okamoto capped a solid tournament with a final-round 75 and recorded her second Top-3 showing this year to guide the Radford women's golf team in the finale of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon.

Okamoto shot three consecutive rounds of 75 to tally 225 (+12) in the 54-hole event.  She dropped four birdies, two apiece in the first and second rounds to lead the Highlanders.  She tied for third place, which stood as her best finish since her runner-up showing in the season-opener.

As a whole, Radford (319-318-308) handed in a 945 and shot 308 in the final round.  The tally tied for the lowest team round of the spring and was the fifth lowest round this year.  The Highlanders finished 9th out of 21 teams.

Joining Okamoto with a four-over 75 in the final round was Alexandra Austin.  Austin (78-80-75, 233), who leads all freshmen and is fourth in the Big South in stroke average, opened her day with two straight birdies on the par-4 first and par-3 second.  She went six-over the rest of the way and moved up 10 positions to tie for 18th overall in a field of 110 players.

Paige Reese and Amy McCollum each carded eight-over 79 rounds to finalize their respective 54-hole scores.  Reese (T39) recorded Radford's third score and tied her season-high for the second straight tournament with a 238.  McCollum's 79 stood as her second-best round this year and she finished at 255.

Kirsty Condon shot one stroke under McCollum with a 254.

Future Big South member Longwood shot a 309 on the final day and won the team title with a combined score of 912 after three rounds of action.  The Lancers won by 10 strokes over St. Johns which came in second with a combined score of 922.  St. Leo finished in third with a score of 923 while Toledo (925) and Penn (928) rounded out the top five.  Kameron Carter of Longwood claimed the individual medal with a three-day score of 221.

The Panthers return to action next week at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic.  The two-day event will be played at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C., beginning on March 24.  The Highlanders have a short four-day break before competing in the Low Country Intercollegiate March 25-26.  The event will take place on the Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C. 

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN PLACES 13TH AT INSPERITY LADY JAGUAR INTERCOLLEGIATE
Shooting a 315 in the final round of play, the Charleston Southern women's golf team took 13th place at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at the Forest Hills Country Club in Augusta on Saturday.

The Lady Bucs shot 308-314-315-937 to finish 73 over par.  UT-San Antonio won the team title with a score of 880 for 16 over par, while host Augusta State shot 886 for 26 over par.  Purdue's Paula Reto took the individual title, shooting a 75-68-64-207 to finish nine under.

Amanda D'Ostroph and Torey Johnson tied for 34th overall with final tallies of 231 for 15 over par.  D'Ostroph carded an 82-75-74, birdying twice in the final day of play to move up from 48th place.  Johnson shot 74-78-79, slipping from 24th.

Katelyn Bensch shot 77-79-81-237 to take 51st in the event.  Bensch birdied once each on the front nine and the back nine to finish 21 over par.  She was followed by Vanessa Jay, who carded a 244 to finish 67th.  Jay also birdied once on the front nine and once more on the back in the third round, ending with a three-round score of 76-82-86 at 28 over.

Viktoria Enhager finished 73rd overall, shooting 81-91-81-253.  She finished 73 over par.

The Buccaneers will head to the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic at the River Landing Country Club in Wallace, N.C., on March 24-25.

COASTAL CAROLINA TIES FOR 13TH AT BATTLE AT RANCHO BERNARDO
The Coastal Carolina women's golf team improved six strokes over its day one score to shoot a 309 during the final round of The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn to finish the tournament tied for 13th.

Southern California, ranked third in the latest Golfstat poll, won the rain shortened event after carding a 295 on the day to bring its 36-hole tally to 590. No.8 Arizona (295-297 - 592) finished two strokes back of the Trojans to claim runners up honors. No. 13 Texas A&M (302-294 - 596) placed third followed by No. 19 California (303-294 - 597).

No. 21 Pepperdine (302-300 - 602) and Tulane (293-309 - 602), the leader in the club house after round one, tied for fifth on the par-72 6,267-yard course.  With their 13th-place finish, the Chanticleers (315-309 - 624) picked up victories over both No. 48 New Mexico and No. 42 and host San Diego State.  In all, a total of 12 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50 poll were represented in the field.

Southern California's Sophia Popov took home individual medalist honors as she posted identical rounds of 71 to finish as the only member of the 90-competitor field to shoot under par.

Opening with a pair of pars, Jessica Alexander played the next three holes four over. However, the junior righted the ship and played her next seven holes 2-under with birdies on the 17th and third hole.  Alexander would trade two birdies and a par for three bogeys over the remainder of the round to finish with a 3-over 75 and improve 11 places in the individual medalist standings to 26th (tied) place.

Kaitlin Higginbotham shaved a stroke off her round one total to card a 4-over 76 on the day and finish tied for 30th overall.  After opening her round with a par and a birdie, Higginbotham overcame a double bogey on her third hole to sink 11 par putts, including seven straight at one point, against only three bogeys.

Junior Brittany Henderson also carded a double bogey, hers on the par-3, fourth, to finish with a 78 for the round and tied for 45th for the tournament.  Two-over, which included a string of five consecutive pars, as she made the turn, Henderson continued to card pars until her double followed by two bogeys pushed her to the 6-over round.

Junior Eugenia Guerra shaved four strokes off her day one 84 to conclude Coastal's scoring as she finished the day at 8-over to tie for 77th overall.  Guerra struggled early with a pair of sixes to open her round but rebounded to play even-par over the remainder of her front nine.  The Nevada transfer then carded four bogeys over her next five holes before closing the round with a birdie and three straight pars.

Frida Castillo warped up the Chanticleer contingent with an 81 over her final 18 holes.  The freshman used a birdie and 10 pars to also take four strokes off her first round effort.

Coastal will take the next few weeks to make final adjustments in preparation for its title defense at the Big South Conference Championship held from April 9-11 at The Patriot Club in Ninety Six, S.C.