CSU Wins at Jekyll, Women’s Golf Fall Season Ends

Columbus State's Victoria Libaak
Columbus State's Victoria Libaak

Lady Cougars Win at Jekyll Island

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - For the first time in more than seven years, the Columbus State University women's golf team stood atop the leaderboard, winning the Jekyll O'Lantern Invitational on Tuesday. The two-day event was played at Jekyll Island Golf Club.

The Lady Cougars bested the 15-team field for their first win since Oct. 3-4, 2011 and the program's third win overall.

Columbus State posted a score of 303 on Tuesday for a two-round total of 597. The Lady Cougars took home the team title, three shots ahead of 21st-ranked Tampa. Third place belonged to Carson-Newman (610), the first team receiving votes in the latest WGCA Division II rankings.

Lincoln Memorial (621) and Queens (622) rounded out the top five.

Victoria Libaak was the individual runner-up, finishing at even par for the tournament. The sophomore shot 1-over 73 on Tuesday and was just one stroke back of the medalist position.

Anna Meleshkina added a third-place finish after shooting 79 on Tuesday. The junior ended the tournament at 5-over.

Hannah Holland carded a 76 to earn a 13th-place finish, while Monica Ruiz Pavon was 16th overall after shooting 3-over on Tuesday. Jordan Booker tied for 27th after a round of 81.

The victory wraps up the fall season for the Lady Cougars. The spring scheduled will be announced at a later date. 

Pauline Tainton finishes in a tie for 21st place

ORLANDO, Fla. – Flagler College's Pauline Tainton finished in a tie for 21st place after she carded a 5-over par 77 in today's final round. She finished the tournament at 12-over. The No. 32-ranked (Golfstat Relative Ranking) Saints finished in 11th place at the 54-hole Rollins Legends Invitational. They closed out the tournament with an 85-over 949 (322-311-316) at the Country Club of Orlando (par 72; 6,134 yards).

No. 2 Dallas Baptist University topped the 13-team field with a 13-over 877. The Patriots won by seven strokes over No. 3 Nova Southeastern University (884). No. 10 Rollins College (898), the host school, finished third. No. 40 Wingate University (916) came in fourth place while No. 19 Lynn University and No. 11 St. Mary's (Texas) tied for fifth place at 917. Twelve of the 13 teams are ranked in the top 40, including four in the top 15. 

Ann Parmenter of Dallas Baptist earned medalist honors with a 3-under 213 to lead the 73-woman field. Lauren Grinberg of Barry University and Warissara Puangcharoen of Wingate tied for second place at even par. There was a three-way tie for fourth place at +1.

Miranda Greene moved up 10 spots on the leader board with her final round 4-over 76. She finished in 52nd place at +22. Kim Jakobs (+25), Katya King (+26), and Bella Petrone (+40) completed the Flagler contingent.

That concludes the fall season for the Saints.