Flagler's Azcue finishes in top five and Saints finish fourth at JU Classic
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Flagler College women's golf team finished in fourth place with a 54-hole score of 41-over par 905 (303-298-304) at the Jacksonville Classic, which concluded Tuesday at the Marsh Landing Country Club (par 72; 5,988 yards).
The host school, Jacksonville University, topped the 14-team field and won by nine strokes with a 24-over 888 (306-286-296). Seminole State College of Florida finished in second with an 897 (296-299-302). Daytona State College carded a 900 (394-298-298) to finish in third place. Charleston Southern University finished behind Flagler in fifth place with a 910 (301-301-308).
Teammates Michelle Forsland and Amanda Detmer of Jacksonville were the co-medalists in the 81-woman field. Both finished with a 1-under 215. Detmer shot an even par 72 in the final round while Forsland was 1-over in the final round. Worapitcha Anndit of Seminole State shot an even par 216. Natalia Azcue was part of a four-way tie for fourth place with a 4-over 220, which ties her best 54-hole score from last spring's Peach Belt Conference Championship (April 14-16, 2017) where she tied for second place.
This was Azcue's first top 10 finish of the year and first since the PBC's. Miranda Greene tied for 13thplace with a 10-over 226. She was able to move up the leaderboard two spots from yesterday. Lara Ardlerwas one of the biggest movers on the day as she rose 22 spots to finish in a tie for 27th place with a 15-over 231. She shot a 2-over 74 in the final round. Pauline Tainton finished in a tie for 40th place with an 18-over 234. Kim Jakobs tied for 59th place with a 23-over 239.
The Saints will participate in the Saint Leo Invitational Oct. 16-17 at the Lake Jovita Golf Club.
UNC Pembroke 7th, Columbus State 8th at Myrtle Beach
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – UNC Pembroke golf junior Alexandria Bare (+10) used a final-round, five-over 77, paired with her first-round 77, to haul in her third-career top-10 finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne-hosted Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate that wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Ocean Isle Beach. Columbus State's Anna Meleshkina also shot back-to-back rounds of 77 to tie with Bare in 10th.
Bare's tie for tenth fueled the Braves (+50) to a seventh-place finish in the 17-team field on the par-72, 5,937-yard Ocean Ridge Plantation Panther's Run Course. The Black & Gold carded a 315 in Tuesday's second and final round to follow up a Monday 311. Columbus State finished four shots behind in eighth place after carding a team score of 312 in the final round. CSU climbed two spots in the standings after opening play with a 318.
Wingate (+35) turned in a second-round 208 to jump Tusculum (+36) and claim the team title. The Pioneers and the host Bears (+36) tied for second after carding second-round scores of 303 and 310, respectively.
UNCP teammates Katy Flax (+13) and Savannah Thompson (+13) shared 23rd with five others after Flax fired a final-round 77 and Thompson turned in an 80 on Tuesday. Freshman Maddy Corley (+17) used a second-round 81 to tie for 40th, while Amanda Levy (+24) slotted 62nd with a Tuesday 91.
Wingate's Diana McDonald (+3) and Lenoir-Rhyne's Abbey Hartsell (+3) were tied atop the individual leaderboard after 36 holes, but McDonald needed just one playoff hole to claim the solo title over Hartsell.
For Columbus State, Meleshkina earned the second top-10 finish of her career after firing back-to-back rounds of 77. At 10-over, the sophomore tied for 10th place.
Jordan Booker shot 79 in the opening round and matched her teammate with a second round 77, turning in a top-20 showing in 18th place. Monica Ruiz Pavon also shot 77 in the final round, pairing it with an 81 in round one to finish 30th.
Victoria Libaak posted two straight rounds of 81, while Hannah Holland shot consecutive rounds of 83 as the duo finished in 44th and 57th place, respectively.