BLUFFTON, S.C. – The 2017-18 women's golf season began for all five Peach Belt Conference teams at the massive 18-team Battle at Old South over the weekend. Flagler was the top PBC finisher in a tie for sixth place while UNC Pembroke was eighth and North Georgia ninth. In the individual ranks, UNG's Jordyn Sims finished in a tie for third; 95 players were in the field.
Flagler's Miranda Greene shot a career-best 36-hole score of 147 (72-75) to finish in a tie for ninth place at 3-over. It was her fourth top 10 finish in her career. Kim Jakobs tied for 17th place with a 5-over 149 (73-76). Natalia Azcue tied for 31st place with an 8-over 152 (77-75) while Pauline Tainton tied for 50th place with a 12-over 156 (77-79). Lara Ardler tied for 57th place with a 14-over 158 (78-80). Ella Stromfelt, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 68th place with an 18-over 162 (80-82).
UNC Pembroke carded a 309 on Sunday on the par-72, 5874-yard Old South Golf Links just outside of Hilton Head. SCAD-Savannah (+6) carded 292-290 to win the team title by eight shots over St. Leo (+14) in the 18-team field.
In her collegiate debut, Maddy Corley grabbed a share of 17th in the 95-player field with rounds of 74 and 75. The freshman birdied two of the four par-3s (holes four and eight) and added her third birdie on the par-5 fifth hole. Junior Savannah Thompson (+8) shot a 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 31st, while Katy Flax (+11) carded a 79 on Sunday to share 41st with eight others. Amanda Levy (+14) and Alexandria Bare (+16) finished in a tie for 57th and 66th with final round scores of 78 and 84, respectively. Sophomore Casey Burroughs fired a Sunday 83 to share 75th with two others and freshman Samantha DeBusk finished in solo 86th after carding a final-round 86. Meredith Godwin knocked four strokes off her first-round score with an 87 on Sunday to grab a share of 91st.
Sims finished at even-par 144, breaking the individual 36-hole school record, as the University of North Georgia finished the Battle at Old South with a record-breaking 611 Sunday. The Nighthawks finished in ninth place overall, breaking the previous school record for 36 holes by nine strokes. Sims finished tied for third place individually, four strokes behind St. Leo's Amanda Jakobsson.
Columbus State University wrapped up its first tournament of the season on Sunday, taking 12th place. CSU shaved six strokes off its score from Saturday, carding a team score of 308 over the final 18 holes to finish with a two-round total of 622.
Jordan Booker followed up a round of 74 on Saturday, with the same score on Sunday. The junior tied for 12th overall at four-over par. Victoria Libaak continued her strong showing in her first collegiate tournament with a round of 76 Sunday. Libaak was six-over for the tournament and tied for 21st. Anna Meleshkina and Hannah Holland each shot 79 in the final round to wrap up the team score. Meleshkina tied for 63rd, while Holland ended in 75th. Monica Ruiz Pavon carded a round of 87 on Sunday for the team's drop score. She finished in 88th place.
Young Harris shot 316 in the final round over the par 72, 5,874-yard layout at the Old South Golf Links to complete the 36-hole tournament at 630. Hannah Walker shot the low round of the day (75) to finish at 153 and in a tie for 36th place. Reece Brooks shot a 79 to complete the tournament at 155 and finished in a tie for 41st place, while Savannah Rainbolt carded a final round 77 and tied for 57th at 158. Candler Kimsey fired an 85 and finished in 74th place at 164, while Breezy Walton registered an 87 and tied for 84th place at 170.