Flagler Fourth, CSU’s Meleshkina Tied for 7th at World Golf Invitational

Flagler's Pauline Tainton
Flagler's Pauline Tainton

ST. AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College women's golf team finished in fourth place at the seventh annual World Golf Invitational, which wrapped up Monday afternoon at the World Golf Village's Slammer & Squire Course (par 72; 6,049 yards). The Saints shot a 33-over 609 (303-306).  Young Harris finished in a tie for sixth with Columbus State 11th, North Georgia 12thand Lander 17th.

Columbus State's Anna Meleshkina was the low PBC individual in the event with a three-over 147 and a tie for seventh place.

No. 3 (Golfstat Division II Relative Ranking) Nova Southeastern University finished on top of the 18-team field with a 3-over par 579 (288-291), which broke the tournament record for the lowest team score. The previous record was 582 by Barry University in 2017. The Sharks broke the record for the lowest first round score on Sunday.

No. 23 University of Tampa (602) moved up five spots to finish in second place thanks to a final round 295. No. 25 Saint Leo University finished in third place with a 605. No. 10 Florida Southern College (611) finished in fifth place.

Sofia Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern broke the tournament record for the lowest 36-hole score with an 8-under 136. On Sunday, she broke the record for the lowest round in the history of the tournament with a 5-under 67. Austt carded a 3-under 69 in the final round.

Kiira Riihijarvi of Tampa finished a distant second with a 3-under 141. She matched Austt's final round 69. Nicola Fall of Nova Southeastern carded a 1-under 143 (73-70) and moved up eight spots to finish third. Synne Lauritzen of Saint Leo finished fourth at +1.

Flagler's Pauline Tainton finished in the top 15 for the fourth time this year, out of five tournaments. She shot a 5-over 149 (73-76) to finish in a tie for 11th place. Lara Ardler, playing in her first tournament since last year's regional in May, tied for 19th place with an 8-over 152. She tied for second with the most pars in the tournament with 27. Miranda Greene and Bella Petrone tied for 29th place with a 11-over 155. Kim Jakobsfinished at +18.

Katya King (+17) and Ella Stromfelt (+24) played as individuals.

Young Harris posted a 303 in the final round around the World Golf Village to complete the 36-hole event at 612 and tied defending NAIA national champion Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah for sixth place.  

Hannah Walker picked up a top-10 finish as she shot her second consecutive round of 74 to finish in 10th place at 148. Emma Andersson finished in a tie for 17th place at 151 after carding a final round 74. Savannah Rainbolt shot 77 and tied for 29th place at 155, while Peyton Rich shot 78 and tied for 45th at 158. Emma Agermo also posted a 78 and tied for 80th place with a 160 score.

Meleshkina led the way for CSU again posting a team best three-over 75. The junior finished tied for seventh overall and was just one stroke off from a top-five finish. Victoria Libaak followed up her 74 in round one with a six-over 78 on Monday. She finished tied for 19th overall.

Senior Bailey Hochgertle carded an 84 while Kayla Poff put up an 85 for the final round. They finished tied for 83rd and 75th respectively. 

Jordan Booker was the team's drop score Monday as she turned in a final round score of 86, placing her in 79th overall. 

Megan Sabol improved four strokes over her first round score to lead the University of North Georgia women's golf team in the final round of the World Golf Invitational.  North Georgia shot a 633 in the 36-hole event, finishing 10 strokes outside of the top 10. Carson Roberts finished in a tie for 21st place as the top finisher for UNG, followed by Sabol, who finished in a tie for 26th. 

Lander's Hannah Fesperman and Hannah Stephenson both shot eight-over par 80s on the final day, while Caroline Hardee and Grace Zoller fired nine-over 81s. Madison Jordan recorded a 10-over 82 in the final round. Fesperman tied for 53rd, while Stephenson finished 74th. Hardee tied for 75th, Zoller ended the event in a tie for 80th, and Jordan finished tied for 93rd.