SALISBURY, N.C. – Three Peach Belt Conference women's golf teams were among the top six as play concluded at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational on Tuesday. UNC Pembroke was third in the 18-team field with Alexandria Bare leading the way with a PBC-best second-place finish. North Georgia was fifth and Young Harris sixth with Lander in a tie for 12th. The 18-team, 90-player tournament was held at the Country Club of Salsibury.
Bare (-3) carded a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday and finished within a gnat's eyelash of frontrunner Abbey Hartsell (-2) on the individual leaderboard, while also picking up all-tournament honors. Sophomore Madison Corley (E) registered an even-par 72 for the second-straight day before settling into a tie for sixth, while Casey Burroughs (+7) finished among a four-way tie for 20th place. Katy Flax (+13) came away with a share of 41st place, while Parker Melting (+18) finished in a tie for 63rd place after improving her day 1 score by 10 strokes.
The Braves (+12) finished just seven strokes off the pace set by 19th-ranked Limestone (+5) who out-paced the rest of the 18-team field by four strokes. Lenoir-Rhyne (+9), who is ranked No. 25 in the latest top 25 poll by the Women's Golf Coaches Association, finished in the runner-up position. Anderson (+14) and North Georgia (+20) rounded out the top 5.
Megan Sabol fired another one-under 71 as North finished in fifth place.
The Nighthawks broke a single round scoring record in the final round with a two-over 290. That beats the previous school record by eight strokes, previously held by a round of 10-over 298 in last year's Battle at Old South.
Sabol's two-under 142 was good for a tie for third and All-Tournament honors in the event as well as the second best 36-hole score in program history. She finished two strokes behind Lenoir-Rhyne's Abbey Hartsell for the top spot. Sabol finished with eight birdies in the event, including birdieing three of the four par fives on the course in the final round.
The Nighthawks posted a 596 in the event, which is the best 36-hole score in program history, beating the Battle at Old South result from earlier this season by five strokes.
Also scoring in the final round was Jordyn Sims, who fired a two-under round of 70 to tie for second all-time in a single round with Sabol and Karson Stone. Sims had three birdies in Tuesday's round to improve 11 strokes from the first to the second round.
Young Harris fired its second consecutive round of 303 on the par 72, 5,973-yard layout at the Country Club of Salisbury to finish the 36-hole tournament at 606. The sixth-place finish and the 36-hole scores are season bests for the Mountain Lions.
Freshman Emma Andersson was named to the all-tournament team as the Young Harris College women's golf team finished in sixth place. Andersson followed up her even par score of 72 Monday with a one-under par 71 to finish in fifth place at 143 to earn all-tournament accolades. The 71 was a career round for Andersson, while the 143 tally set a new 36-hole standard for her. Hannah Walkerearned a top-20 finish as he second consecutive 75 gave her a two-day total of 150 as she tied for 17th place. Peyton Rich and Emma Agermo also set new career 36-hole scores for YHC. Rich shot a 78 in the final round to finish in a tie for 30th at 154, while Agermo posted a 79 and tied for 52nd place at 159. Savannah Rainbolt registered an 84 and tied for 75th place at 166.
Madison Jordan was Lander's top performer, finishing tied for 30th with a 10-over par 154 on the week. Caroline Hardee carded a 14-over 158 to finish tied for 48th. Tatum Warrposted Lander's best round of the week with a 1-over 75 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 52nd. Grace Zoller tied for 59th and Hannah Stephenson finished 81st.