Wed, Sep. 19, 2012 - [Women's Golf]
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's golf team participated the last two days in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Fall Invite/Don Bishop Invitational at Campbellsville Country Club in Campbellsville, KY. This wasn't the Patriots best showing as the ladies fell behind after the first round and trailed to Cumberland University (TN) by 19 strokes. The Patriots shot a 333 (+45) in the first round and tried to battle back but fell short shooting a 323 (+35) in the second round for a two day total of 656 (+80). Cumberland University (TN) came away with the victory in the tournament shooting a two day total of 625 (+49). The Patriots followed them with a 2nd place finish.
The Patriots were lead by Junior Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol, UK) as she shot an 81 (+9) in the 1st round and 77 (+5) in the final round for a two day total of 158 (+14), good enough for a 3rd place individual finish. Senior Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) followed shooting an 83 (+11) in round 1 and 76 (+4) in round 2 for a tournament total of 159 (+15) finishing tied for 4th place. Bri-Anne Tokariwski (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) fired an 88 (+16) in the first round and a 2nd round 82 (+10) for a total of 170 (+26) finishing tied for 17th place. Senior McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) followed closely behind shooting an 83 (+11) in the first round and an 88 (+16) in the final round to finish at 171 (+27) and a 19th place finish. Rounding out the Patriots was Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) firing a 1st round 86 (+14) and 2nd round 88 (+16) for a tournament total of 174 (+30), good enough to tie for 21st place.
The Patriots had three individuals that competed as well. Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) fired an opening round of 80 (+8) and followed with a 2nd round 79 (+7) for a two day total of 159 (+15) to finish tied for 4th place. Junior Chelsea Branscum (Somerset, KY) shot an 88 (+16) in round 1 and an 80 (+8) in round 2 to finish tied for 14th place with a two day total of 168 (+24). Cristina Jimenez (Murcia, Spain) shot a 1st round 85 (+13) and 2nd round 84 (+12) for a total of 169 (+25) on the tournament where she finished in 16th place.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "Not one of our best performances by a long shot. We struggled to hit greens and made some big numbers, which is not like this team. It's not a course we traditionally play well and that continued this week. I came away with a pretty clear understanding of what to work on and we'll be ready to play in Georgia in a few weeks."
The Patriot ladies will be back on the links October 1st and 2nd as they participate in the Chick-fil-a Classic in Rome, GA.
For more information on the Patriots women's golf team as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article Provided by Laura Beth Harris, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant