Armstrong, Birch Win at Newberry Invitational

Armstrong, Birch Win at Newberry Invitational


Armstrong Notches First Women's Golf Win With Victory At Newberry Invitational; Lander Third

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's golf team went wire-to-wire in capturing the first team title in the seven year history of the program, shooting a final-round 317 on Monday to win the 4th Annual Newberry College Invitational by 22 strokes at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Pirates started the day with a 13-stroke lead over Lander, but carded the day's best round for a second straight day to pull away with the victory with a 628 total. Host Newberry shot a 320 on Monday to finish second with a two-day 650 total on the Par 74 - 5801 yard course, while Lander shot a 333 to finish third with a 657 total. USC Beaufort (667) and Pfeiffer (685) rounded out the Top 5 team scores.

The battle for the individual title came down to the back nine as first-round leader and sophomore Jenna Birch trailed teammate and sophomore Kristen Sammarco by one stroke at the turn. Birch birded the
par-4 No. 12 hole while Sammarco bogied the hole and Birch then played the final six holes at even par to clinch the title in just her second tournament played as a Pirate.

Birch shot a four-over-par 78 to finish the tournament with a two-day five-over-par 153 total, three strokes ahead of Sammarco, who shot an
79 to finish with a 156 total. Armstrong also had the third place finisher in junior Kelly Pearce, who shot an 81 to finish with a two-day 157 total.

Senior Kim Knox carded a 79 to finish the tournament tied for 12th place individually with a 166 total while senior Victoria Bennett shot an 87 on Monday to finish tied for 21st with a 170 total.

The win is the first for Armstrong since women's golf became a varsity program in 2005-06 and it is also the first tournament win for Armstrong golf - men or women - since the men captured the Liberty Spring Invite at the Crosswinds on March 12-13, 2007.

Individually for Lander, Dea Mahendra finished eighth with 163 (80-83), Ashley Shinn was 11th with 165 (79-86), Marianna Martins (81-85) and Valentina Bueno (84-82) tied for 12th with 166, and Rachel Uremovich was 18th with 167 (84-83).

Saints Finish Seventh at the Lady Moc Classic; Santacroce Shoots a 69

LAKELAND  – The Flagler College women’s golf team finished in seventh place at the 54-hole Lady Moc Classic Tuesday at the Club at Eaglebrooke (par 72; 6,255 yards).

Flagler shot a 309 in the final round to finish the tournament with a 937. Seminole State College of Florida led throughout and topped the 17-team field with a 913. They won by a mere two strokes over the host school, Florida Southern College.

Individually, Elia Folch Sola of Seminole State headed the 93-woman field with a 3-over par 219. She carded a 1-under 71 this afternoon. M.J. Audette of Florida Southern finished three shots back after turning in a tournament-low round of 68 on the final day to finish with a 6-over 222. Thea Hedeman of Bradley University also shot a 68 today.

Nicole Keyser led the Flagler contingent with a 15-over 231 and placed 17th. However, it was Marie Santacroce making news for the Saints today. She shot a program-best 69 today. Santacroce best the old school record for a round, 72 (by five other golfers), by three strokes. She vaulted all the way up to a tie for 18th place with a 16-over 232. Karlsson tied for 24th place with a 20-over 236. Leslie Choucard tied for 45th place with a 27-over 243. Lauren Benetti tied for 62nd place with a 250.

Flagler returns to the course Mar. 5-6 at the Armstrong Lady Pirate Invitational at the Savannah Quarters CC in Pooler, Ga.

Falcons Finish Fifth at BSC Ann Rhoads Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Montevallo women's golf team took the short trip to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the Birmingham Southern College Ann Rhoads Invitational. The Falcons competed against a number of Division I programs as well as a few Southeast Region foes. UM finished fifth in the 16-team field beating out Division I foes SIU Edwardsville, Indiana State University, Lipscomb University and Tennessee State University. UM also topped Southeast Region teams Anderson University, Lenoir-Rhyne University and King College. The Falcons shot a two-round total of 673 just two strokes behind fourth-place finisher Belmont University.

The University of Indianapolis won the tournament with a score of 644 followed by Tennessee Tech University and Methodist University.

Freshman Ashlee Beck (Athens, Ala./Ardmore) and sophomore Tracey Marshall (Newfields, N.H./Heritage Academy) led the Falcons as they tied for seventh overall with scores of 163. Freshman Megan Clyne (Aberdeen, Scotland/Harlaw Academy) came in third for the Falcons and tied for 24th overall with a score of 169.

Sophomore Hilary Shaner (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones) finished fourth on the squad and tied for 46th overall with a score of 178 while sophomore Kira Chaudhry (Columbiana, Ala./Shelby County) rounded out the Falcons top five with a score of 183 good for 62nd overall.

Senior Emma Breen (Swindon, England/Kingsdown) played as an individual and scored a 173 good for 31st overall.

The Falcons had a tough opening round shooting a 359 as a squad but on day two they flew out of the gates and shot the second lowest round of the tournament with a 314 just six strokes off the best round of the day. Clyne led the Falcons with a 75 on day two while Marshall shot a 76.

The Falcons will return to action next Monday, Feb 27 as they take part in the Columbus State University Invitational in Columbus, Ga.