UNCP Women's Golf Wins Again
No. 16 UNCP Captures Second-Straight Team Championship
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – UNCP sophomore Dana Watkins took home medalist honors while the No. 16 Lady Braves golf team placed three golfers in the top three overall en route to claiming the team championship at the Tusculum Fall Classic on Tuesday at the Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Lady Braves broke the 18 and 36-hole school records with a 295 and 598, respectively. UNCP's second-round score topped the previous 18-hole school record of 297 and the two-round score of 599 that were both set at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational on Oct. 18-19, 2010.
UNCP's second-round score sets a new 18-hole and second round record, edging the previous mark of 296 set by Belmont Abbey in last year's tournament. The 598 also breaks the record held by Belmont Abbey (602) in the 2010 Classic and the Lady Braves became the first team in the six-year history of the tournament to shoot below 600 for two rounds.
"Being behind two shots to a team on their home course is a challenge," said UNCP head coach David Synan. "The girls really stepped up and showed what we are capable of as a group."
The Lady Braves now have two wins in two tournaments this season and have won seven of their last eight events dating back to last season. With Watkins' medalist honors, UNCP has also had the top individual finisher in six of its last nine tournaments.
Watkins tied teammate Shauna Walor with a tournament-best 72 during the second round, but a one-stroke advantage over her teammate after the first day gave the Clayton native the first individual title of her career. The 2011 Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the year trailed host Tusculum's Jillian Corum by one stroke after the first round, but her even-par second round gave her the individual title.
"Dana Watkins is a warrior," added Synan. "She is a true champion that dealt with a bad back and played her heart out. I could not be happier or more proud."
Junior Meghan Moore joined Watkins and Walor on the All-Tournament Team after she shaved two strokes off her opening-round score with a second-round 74 to finish in a tie for third overall with Katie Thackerson of Lenoir-Rhyne.
Sophomore Kelly Sumner lowered her score by one stroke (77) during the second round to finish in a tie for eighth overall and fellow sophomore Lizzie Bundy matched Sumner on the second round which gave her the second top-15 finish in two UNCP career events.
Junior Abby Shipley, competing as an individual, recorded her third career top-25 finish after finishing tied for 25th with scores of 83 and 81.
The Lady Braves will next be in action on Oct. 3-4 at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate in Sunset Beach, N.C.
Flagler Women's Golf Finishes in Eighth Place at Lady Falcon Invite
DAYTONA BEACH – The No. 23 (Golf World/NGCA Division II Top 25) Flagler College women’s golf team finished in eighth place at the Lady Falcon Invitational which concluded Sunday afternoon at LPGA International (par: 72; yards: 6086).
Flagler shaved 21 strokes off its tally from yesterday with a 316. Top-ranked Florida Southern College headed the 11-team field with a two-round total of 608. They held off No. 24 Lynn University by three strokes. No. 2 Nova Southeastern University finished in third place, 12 shots back with a 620.
Abbey Gittings of Nova Southeastern posted the best 36-hole score in the 63-woman field with a 4-over par 148. She held off yesterday’s leader in the clubhouse, Irene Calvo of Lynn by one stroke. Megan Kiley of Florida Southern finished third, just two shots back.
Elin Karlsson (Vanersborg, Sweden, Vaxjo Fria Gymnasium) improved by nine strokes from the previous day with a 3-over 75. She finished the tournament with a 15-over 159 and finished in a tie for 21st place. Marie Santacroce (Mattituck, N.Y., Mattituck HS) took 10 strokes off her first round total and also carded a 75 today. She finished in a tie for 24th place with a 16-over 160. Leslie Choucard (Chessy, France, Mercer University) finished 30th with a 20-over 164. Nicole Keyser (Cary, N.C., Green Hope HS) finished in a tie for 45th place with a 26-over 170 and Marissa Marinan (Niceville, Fla, Niceville HS) round out the scorers for Flagler with a 29-over 173, good for a 54th place finish.
Flagler also had three players competing as individuals. Lauren Benetti (Celebration, Fla., Daytona State College) tied for 38th place with a 23-over 167. Kelsey Hughes (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Allen D. Nease HS) and Laura Weaver (Jacksonville, Fla., Spartanburg Methodist College) completed the Flagler contingent. Hughes finished in 57th place with a 179 and Weaver finished in 59th place with a 202.
Up next for Flagler will be the Saint Leo Invitational Oct. 17-18 at the Lake Jovita Golf Course.
North Georgia Women's Golf Takes 9th Place at TPC Sawgrass
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - The North Georgia women's golf team wrapped up the 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational, played at the Dye's Valley course at the TPC Sawgrass facility with a ninth place finish on Tuesday.
Barry University outlasted Saint Leo University to capture the team title. The two schools were tied at 320 heading into day two, before Barry pulled away with an aggregate score of 630 (320-310) to cruise to a seven-stroke victory.
Seminole State and Ashland University tied for third place, finishing at 69-over-par, while the University of West Florida held onto fifth place, defeating host Queens University by three strokes.
The Lady Saints finished their second tournament of the fall with an aggregate score of 726 (374-352) to finish comfortably in ninth place. North Georgia held a 51 shot lead over tenth place Johnson & Wales and were just seven strokes behind eighth place Erskine College.
Seminole State's Elia Folch Sola erased an opening round deficit of one stroke to race to a three shot victory, finishing the tournament with a five-over-par 149 (74-75). Erin Misheff of Ashland and Barry's Nancy Vergara finished in a tie for second place, while Geoun Lee of Saint Leo and Taylor Babcock of Barry rounded out the top five.
North Georgia improved their opening round score by 22 strokes, thanks in large part to Abbey Gill and Casey Truelove who improved their first round scores by 14 and 12 shots respectively.
In just her second collegiate tournament, Gill recovered from an opening round 102 to shoot a respectable 16-over-par 88 to give her a two-day total of 190 which was good enough for a tie for 46th place.
Truelove shot a 15-over-par 87 in the second round, giving her a two-day total 186 (99-87) and a share of 43rd place.
The lowest scorer for North Georgia in the second round and for the tournament was once again Catalina Olarte. After an opening round 82, Olarte carded an 11-over-par 83 to leave her in a tie for 16th place. Olarte's two-day total was 165.
The fourth player to score in the final round of the tournament for North Georgia was LeeAnn Noble. Noble was consistent throughout the 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational, following up an opening round 94 with another 22-over-par 94. Noble's two-day total of 188 left her in sole possession of 45th place at the tournament's conclusion.
The Lady Saints return to action next week, traveling to Calera, Alabama, to take part in the 2011 Montevallo Invitational contested at the Timberline Golf Club.