Women's Golf Update - Sept. 25

North Georgia's Megan Sabol
North Georgia's Megan Sabol

UNCP 5th, CSU 6th at Battle at Old South

BLUFFTON, S.C. – UNC Pembroke freshman Angelique Seymour and sophomore Parker Melting each grabbed a top-20 finish on the individual leaderboard and lead the way for the UNC Pembroke golf team who finished fifth among a stacked field at the Battle At Old South tournament on Sunday.  The Braves were the highest-finishing PBC team with Columbus State tied for sixth, Young Harris in eighth and Flagler 11th.
 
Seymour (+1), who came within a stroke of matching the single-round school record on Saturday, turned in a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday and finished fifth. Melting (+6) showed a 76 at the end of Sunday's round and settled into a tie for 18th on the individual leaderboard, while senior Katy Flax (+9) was 29th. Senior Casey Burroughs (+12) and sophomore Amanda Hamrin (+14) came away with ties for 41st and 48th, respectively.
 
Newcomer Elizabeth Ritchie (+16) finished in a tie for 57th place, while sophomore Samantha DeBusk (+24) shared 69th place with two other players. Senior Meredith Godwin (+36) finished in the 78th position. All three players competed in the weekend event as individual entries.

Columbus State jumped three spots on the leaderboard to finish the Battle at Old South in a tie for sixth place.  The Lady Cougars improved their round two score by 17 strokes on Sunday firing a 296. For the tournament, CSU shot a 609.

CSU had two players who fired even-par scores on Sunday. Sophomore Ana Thorne and Junior Victoria Libaak each turned in 72s over their final 18 holes of the tournament. Thorne finished the event in a tie for 24th place with a two-day score of eight-over 152. Libaak jumped over 30 spots on the leaderboard after her performance on Sunday as she finished in a tie for 30th with a 10-over 154.

Selina Budde also improved her score from round one. The sophomore shot a three-over 75 to close out the tournament in a tie for 30th place with a 10-over 154. 

The final team scorer on Sunday for Columbus State was senior Anna Meleshkina. After leading the Lady Cougars on Saturday, Meleskina posted a five-over 77 over the final round. For the tournament, she shot an eight-over 152 to tie for 24th.

Continuing the trend, Monica Ruiz Pavon also upped her performance over round two. Ruiz Pavon shot a six-over 78, a one-stroke improvement from round one, to close out the tournament with a 13-over 157. She finished in a tie for 45th place.

Young Harris fired off a 297 on the par 72, 5,874-yard layout at the Old South Golf Links to finish the 36-hole event with a 613 score. The round of 297, which was the fourth lowest on the day, was the sixth time in program history that Young Harris has shot a sub-300 round and the third lowest of all time. YHC shot 293 in the second round of the Full Moon BBQ Invitational in 2016 and a 296 at the 2016 edition of the Battle at Old South. The 613 was the eighth-lowest 36-hole score in the program's history. 

Emma Andersson was the top Mountain Lion finisher as she recorded a top-20 finish as she tied for 18th at 613 after shooting an even par 72 in the final round. It's the fourth time in her career that the sophomore has shot par or better in a round. Hannah Walker just missed the top 20 as she shot 74 to finish in a tie for 22nd place  at 151. Emma Agermo tied her career low round with a 75 and tied for 30th place overall at 154. The 154 tally set a new 35-hole record for Agermo. surpassing her previous record of 159 set last year at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. Peyton Rich tied for 48th place at 158 after posting a 86, while Savannah Rainbolt tied for 64th at 164 after firing an 81. Erica Andersson, who was playing as an individual, shot an 82 and tied for 69th place at 168.

Flagler was led by Vivien Roesner who finished in a tie for 24th at 152.  Kim Jakobs was two strokes behind in a tie for 30th.    The Saints finished the event tied with West Georgia and were four strokes out of a tie for ninth.

UNG Women's Golf Smashes Records at DBU Classic; Sabol Earns Top-10 Finish

DENTON, Texas - Megan Sabol shot a final-round 71 to finish in a tie for seventh place as the University of North Georgia women's golf team finished ninth in the DBU Classic Tuesday at Robson Ranch Golf Course. Along the way, the 54-hole individual and team total records were broken.

Sabol's 54-hole score of 4-over-par 220 marks the best 54-hole finish for any UNG women's golfer in program history. The senior had four birdies on the final day of competition, including starting and finishing the round with birdie, marking the ninth time in program history that a women's golfer has shot under par in a single round.

The Nighthawks finished with a combined score of 913, demolishing the previous 54-hole team record by 35 strokes. UNG beat No. 18 St. Mary's by 19 strokes in the overall standings.

Alexis Whitney also etched her name in the record books with a 54-hole total of 229, good for third all-time in the 54-hole individual record.

No. 1 Dallas Baptist won the tournament for a sixth straight year, defeating No. 10 West Texas A&M by three shots. Missouri-St. Louis finished in third, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 23 Midwestern State, who tied for fourth place.

The Nighthawks will next be in action at the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational October 7-8.