UNCP Takes Title at Myrtle Beach, Columbus State Wins at Montevallo
Watkins Leads No. 16 Lady Braves To Third-Straight
SUNSET BEACH – UNCP sophomore Dana Watkins won medalist honors for the second-straight week on Tuesday to lead the Lady Braves' golf team to their third-straight tournament championship at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate in Sunset Beach. Armstrong Atlantic State finished eigthth in the huge 21-team field.
UNCP now has three wins to start the year in as many tournaments and they have won eight of their last nine events dating back to last season. With Watkins' medalist honors, the Lady Braves have also had the top individual finisher in seven of their last nine tournaments.
Watkins shaved six strokes off her opening-round score to finish two strokes ahead of the second-place finisher while the Lady Braves as a whole took the tournament crown by three strokes over Tusculum and five strokes over No. 4 Tarleton State. No. 16 UNCP topped three other ranked teams out of the field of 21 to win the championship.
"Dana Watkins is on a roll right now after finishing third, first and first through her first three events," said assistant coach Adam Buie. "The women fought hard in very windy conditions against a loaded field and they showed great perseverance to come out with the win. We couldn't have done it without Lizzie Bundy, because her determination to come back after battling back pain and having to withdraw the first day and shoot a 77 definitely helped us win."
Junior Meghan Moore earned her second-straight runner up finish after matching her first-round 75 on the second day on the par-72, 5,988-yard Willard Byrd Course. Moore now has three-straight top-five finishes to start the year after finishing tied for fourth and third in the first two events and she now has 11 top-10 finishes in her UNCP career.
Sophomore Lizzie Bundy was next on the Lady Braves' scorecard with a 77 on day two after having to withdraw due to an injury during the first round.
Junior Shauna Walor registered an 82 on the second day after opening with an 80 on the first which left her in a tie for 24th overall and sophomore Kelly Sumner finished tied for 29th overall after shaving a stroke off her opening-round score of 82 with an 81 on Tuesday.
Senior Alexa Mooney, competing as an individual, finished tied for 63rd overall after scoring rounds of 84 and 87.
The Pirates slid one spot after their first-round 323 to finish eighth. Senior Kim Knox paced the Pirates after shooting an 81 on Tuesday to finish tied for 16th individually with a 159 total. Sophomore Kristen Sammarco shot a second-round 87 to finish tied for 36th with a two-day 166 total, while sophomore Rebecca Goldman carded an 84 to finish tied for 47th individually with a 168 total.
Junior Kelly Pearce shot an 86 and finished tied for 56th with a 169 total and senior Victoria Bennett rounded out the Armstrong scoring with an 87, finishing tied for 60th with a 170 total.
Columbus State Women's Golf Captures Montevallo Invitational
Calera, AL – The Columbus State women's golf team captured their first tournament victory of the 2011-2012 season as they won the Montevallo Invitational held at the Timberline Golf Course in Calera, AL. Host Montevallo finished second while North Georgia came in third.
This is the second tournament victory in the history of the CSU women's golf program in its third year.
"I'm just thrilled with the girls," said head golf coach Brian Padgett." I could not have asked for a better start to this season with a second and first place finish in the first two events of the season. We will come back home and prepare for next week."
Leading CSU was Jennifer Brushaber who finished in second place after her second round score of 81. Her second place finish was her first ever top-five tournament finish in her career. She had a two-round total of 154 (73-81) which was just two shots behind the tournament winner, Ashlee Beck of Montevallo.
Kimesha Anthony continued her great play on the season as she grabbed a share of third place. The junior shot a two-round score of 157 (76-81) after today's round of 81.
Nikkie Crowley and Kristen Galek both shot a 36-hole total of 162 to end the tournament in a tie for sixth place. Galek had a slightly better round than her senior teammate as she fired a round of 82. Crowley wrapped up the invitational posting a mark of 84.
Healther Altiser also competed for the Lady Cougars but her second round score of 91 did not count towards team scoring for CSU.
Ciera Bagley just missed out on a top-10 finish as the freshman finished in 13th place with a two-round score of 168 as an individual competitor. After posting a 78 in day one, the Baxley, GA native struggled scoring a 90 on Tuesday.
Montevallo freshman Ashlee Beck (Athens, Ala./Ardmore) led the Falcons to a second place finish. Beck shot a two round score of 152 to finish first in the field of 24. She sat in second after the first round but was able to catch the leader and eventually win the tournament by two strokes. As a team the Falcons finished just three strokes behind Columbus State University who won the tournament.
Freshman Megan Clyne (Aberdeen, Scotland/Harlaw Academy) finished second for the Falcons and tied for third overall as she shot a 157. Sophomore Hilary Shaner (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones) finished third for the Falcons and fifth overall but unfortuantly she was playing as an individual and her score did not count towards the team standings. She finished with a 160.
Senior Emma Breen (Swindon, England/Kingsdown) finished fourth for the Falcons and tied for ninth overall with a score of 164. Sophomore Tracey Marshall (Newfields, N.H./Heritage Academy) rounded out the top-five as she finished 12th overall with a score of 167.
Junior Kaylee Hale (Dothan, Ala./Northside Methodist) finished sixth on the team and 14th overall with a 173. The final two UM golfers were junior Kayla Witt (Mt. Olive, Ala./Gardendale) and sophomore Kira Chaudrey (Columbiana, Ala./Shelby County) who finished 15th and tied for 17th, respectively.
North Georgia's two-round total of 663 (334-329) was a school record. The previous low event score was set last October at the BSC Southern Shootout. The second-round 329 is also a school mark.
Leading the way for North Georgia once again was Catalina Olarte who followed up an opening round 84 with a seven-over-78 to finish in a tie for sixth place. Olarte became the first Lady Saint to score in the 70's during the 2011-12 campaign, while recording 21 pars and one birdie for the tournament.
Erica Breeden had a strong tournament, setting a career low in the opening round with an 82 and she followed that up a closing 11-over-par 82 as well. Breeden finished in ninth place, recording one birdie and 15 pars.
Freshman Abbey Gill continues to impress with both of her rounds in the 80's in Alabama. Gill fired a final round 13-over-par 84m giving her a tournament total of 166 (82-84) which was good enough for sole possession of 11th place.
Casey Truelove capped off the Montevallo Invitational with an 18-over-par 89 to give her a two-day total 175 (86-89) finishing just one stroke ahead of teammate LeeAnn Noble (91-85). Truelove finished in 16th place, while Noble finished in a tie for 17th.