BLUFFTON, SC – Flagler's Pauline Tainton fired rounds of 70 and 71 to take the crown at the Battle at Old South in Bluffton over the weekend. Tainton led three PBC individuals with top-five finishes while North Georgia and Flagler also finished in the top five in the team standings. The 17-team, 90-golfer event was held at the par-72, 5,874-yard Old South Golf Links.
Tainton carded a 3-under par 141 and held off Haverly Harrold of Lee University by one stroke to top the 90-woman field and claim medalist honors. Tainton shot a 2-under 70 in the first round on Saturday and finished with a 1-under 71 today.
Flagler'sKim Jakobs was one of the biggest movers on the leaderboard at the end of the tournament. She came in tied for 21st place, but shot an even par 72 and moved all the way up to an eighth place finish. She wound up with a 3-over 147. Miranda Greene finished in a tie for 42nd place with a 12-over 156. Bella Petroneshot a 19-over 163 and Brittney Calhoun finished with a 23-over 167.
Playing as individuals, Ella Stromfelt tied for 37th place with an 11-over 155 while Katya King shot a 20-over 164.
North Georgia's Megan Sabol clinched another top 10 finish as the team finished in third, shattering the previous program record for a 36-hole event in the process.
The Nighthawks finished the tournament with a two-day total of 601, beating the previous record of +29 by four strokes. Both rounds of the tournament were also good enough to make the top five all-time for a single round as a team.
Sabol shot a two-under-par 70 in the final round of the tournament to finish in a tie for third place. Her two-under is tied for the second best round in UNG history, tying Karson Stone's round of 70 in the CSU Lady Cougar Invitational in the spring of 2017.
Other top 20 finishers for North Georgia were Jordyn Sims (t-14th) and Carson Roberts (t-17th).
Columbus State carded a final round of 313 to wrap up with a team score of 627. The Lady Cougars finished in the middle of the 18-team field that featured seven teams ranked in the top 25.
Coming off a strong showing on Saturday, Anna Meleshkina led the way against on Sunday. The junior shot 1-over par 73 to finish the tournament and even par overall. Meleshkina finished tied for third in the 90-player field.
Hannah Holland turned in a round of 77 to earn a 49th-place finish. Victoria Libaak was one stroke behind Holland in 51st after shooting 82 on Sunday.Jordan Booker posted a second straight round of 81 and finished 56th, while Kayla Poff shot 84 to finish in 80th.
Young Harris tied for 12th place with Shorter University and the University of West Georgia with a 36-hole score of 635.
Hannah Walker led the Mountain Lions after posting her second consecutive round of 76 and finished tied for 22nd place at 152. Emma Agermo, Emma Andersson and Peyton Rich all tied for 51st place at 161. Andersson and Rich each signed for 79s in the final round, while Agermo posted an 84. Savannah Rainbolt fired an 86 and and finished in a tie for 82nd place at 172. Nicole Jordan, who was playing as an individual in the event, tallied an 89 and finished in 88th place at 183.