UNC Pembroke Wins Sonoco; Columbus St. Wins at West Georgia

UNC Pembroke Wins Sonoco; Columbus St. Wins at West Georgia

UNCP Golf Tops Another School Record, Wins Sunoco/Campbell Oil Classic

WALLACE – Junior Katy Flax preserved her day-one lead with a 5-over-par 77 in Tuesday's final round, and the UNC Pembroke golf team shattered its 54-hole team record on the way to claiming top honors at the Sunoco/Campbell Oil Classic at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace.
 
The Black & Gold (+24) shattered the 2-year-old record by 20 strokes on the way to turning in one of its more dominating tournament wins in school history. The Braves out-did the rest of the field by 11 strokes. Wingate (+35), which is ranked No. 26 in the latest GolfStat.com computer rankings, finished in the runner-up position, while No. 26 Carson-Newman (+41), No. 23 Anderson (+44) and Queens (+66) rounded out the top 5.
 
It was the second career tournament victory for Flax (+2) who finished two strokes ahead of the rest of the 76-woman field. Senior Alexandria Bare (+4) came away with a share of runner-up honors alongside Merrimack's Krystal Knight, while newcomer Amanda Hamrin (+13) finished in 15th place. Casey Burroughs (+15) tallied a top-20 finish, while freshman Parker Melting (+17) climbed 11 spots up the individual leaderboard into a tie for 25th place to round out the scoring players for the Braves.
 
Samantha Debusk (+35) and Alaina Malcolm (+50) finished in ties for 54th and 64th place, respectively, while Meredith Godwin (+54) was 66th. All three players competed in the tournament as individual entries.
 
The Black & Gold will close out the regular season portion of its 2018-19 schedule, April 6-7, when it makes the long trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Embry-Riddle-hosted Bash At The Beach. That event will be played at LPGA International.

Lady Cougars Grab Victory at UWG Invitational

CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Columbus State University women's golf team grabbed another first place finish, this time besting the field at the UWG Invitational on Tuesday. The two-day event was played at Sunset Hills Country Club. 

The Lady Cougars secured the program's fourth win ever after taking down the six-team field. They notched their third win in the Jekyll O'Lantern Invitational this past fall while also tying for first in the Lady Cougar Invitational earlier this month before falling in the playoff. 

Columbus State posted a score of 315 in the final round on Tuesday for a two-day total of 913. The Lady Cougars took home the title, nine shots ahead of the host school West Georgia. Montevallo (931) finished in third while conference foe Young Harris (940) grabbed a fourth place finish. Shorter (950) rounded out the top five. North Georgia finished in sixth.

Monica Ruiz Pavon was the individual runner-up, finishing her final round with a 78. The sophomore was one of three Lady Cougars who shot a 78 Tuesday, giving her a two-day total of 226. 

Jordan Booker finished one spot behind her teammate, tying for third place with an overall score of 227. Booker carded an 81 in the final round to place two Lady Cougar individuals in the top three.

Victoria Libaak and Hannah Holland were the other two from CSU that turned in a final round 78. Libaak locked down a sixth-place finish, just missing out on the top five by two strokes. Holland would finish tied for 12th with a total score of 236. 

Anna Meleshkina was the drop score in the final round after she posted a 84. Her three-round total was 241 good for 22nd place overall. 

Young Harris shot their second consecutive round of 314 on the par 72, 5,807-yard layout at the Sunset Hills Country Club.

The Mountain Lions were led all-tournament performer Hannah Walker, who finished in a tie for third place at 227 after shooting a 77 in the final round. Emma Agermo also shot 77 and finished in a tie for 12th at 236. Emma Andersson carded an 81 and tied for 14th place at 237, while Peyton Rich signed for a 79 and tied for 25th at 243. Savannah Rainbolt tallied an 81 and tied for 28th at 244.

Alexis Whitney finished in 17th place to lead the University of North Georgia women's golf team.  Whitney shot a final-round 82 to finish atop the UNG leaderboard in the tournament. Carson Roberts shot the lowest round of the day with a 77 to jump up into a tie for 20th with Anna Greer.

No. 25 Saints finish in 11th place at Barry Invite

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The No. 25 (Golfstat Division II relative ranking) Flagler College women's golf team finished in 11th place at the 54-hole Barry Invitational, which concluded Tuesday afternoon. The Saints shot a 31-over par 895 (293-306-296) at the Shula's Golf Club Senator Course (par 72; 6,020 yards).

Top-ranked (Golfstat relative ranking) Barry University, the host school, topped the 17-team field with an 862. The Buccaneers won by nine strokes over No. 8 Florida Tech (871). No. 7 Arkansas Tech finished third at +11 while No. 9 Lynn University (+15) followed in fourth place. Keiser University and No. 3 Nova Southeastern University tied for fifth place at +19. Thirteen of the 17 teams in the field are ranked in the top 25.

Finishing atop the 90-woman field was Josefina Foa Torres of Barry who erased a one-stroke deficit with a 4-under 68 in the final round. Torres finished with a 9-under 207. Pilar Echeverria of the University of Indianapolis also shot a 4-under 68 today to finish in second place with a 7-under 209. Kiira Riihijarvi of the University of Tampa and Lucy Eaton of Florida Tech tied for third place at -4. Matilda Wahren of Lynn finished in fifth place at -3. 

Miranda Greene led the Flagler contingent with a 4-over 220, which is a career-best in a 54-hole tournament. She shot an even par 72 today which moved her up five spots on the leaderboard as she tied for 19th place. Lara Ardler finished in a tie for 30th place with a 9-over 225. Pauline Tainton shot a 1-over 73 today and moved up 19 spots to finish in a tie for 40th place at +11. Bella Petrone finished at +13 while Kim Jakobs finished at +15.

That concludes the regular season for the Saints. Up next is the Peach Belt Conference April 19-21 at the Slammer & Squire Course at the World Golf Village.