The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Golf Team traveled to Rome, GA on Monday to begin competing in the Chick-fil-A Classic. The Patriots came ready to play and had great success. Opening round play was very rainy and wet, but UC didn't let that get in the way as they ended the first round shooting a total of 313 (+25) and held a 6 shot lead over Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe Lindsey Wilson College (LWC). Although the Patriots had the lead, they knew it was going to have to take a solid 2nd round to win the tournament and did just that shooting an outstanding score of 305 (+17). UC finished the tournament with a two day total of 618 (+42), winning the tournament by 7 strokes over LWC.
Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol, UK) captured the individual title shooting a first round 75 (+3) and a terrific second round of 70 (-2) for a two day total of 145 (+1). Senior Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) followed shooting a 78 (+6) in the first round and 79 (+7) in the second round for a tournament total of 157 (+13) finishing tied for 10th. Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) finished the tournament also tied for 10th place after shooting a 78 (+6) on day one and a 79 (+7) in the final round for a total of 157 (+13). Senior McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) fired an 82 (+10) in the 1st round and a 78 (+6) in the 2nd round for a two day total of 160 (+16) to finish tied for 21st place. Rounding out the Patriots was Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) shooting a first round 83 (+11) and 2nd round 78 (+6) to finish tied for 23rd place with a two day total of 161 (+17). Bri-Ann Tokariwski (Manitoba, Canada) also competed as an individual and did very well shooting a 1st round 78 (+6) and 79 (+7) in the final round for a tournament total of 157 (+13) finishing tied for 10th overall.
Head Women's Golf Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "Not only did we overcome weather conditions that made the course tougher to play, we also overcame strong performances from Lindsey Wilson and Shorter. This was a total team effort as all five players' scores counted at least one round and today was the first time since I've been head coach at University of the Cumberlands that all five players in the lineup broke 80. Liz Stephens continued to show why she's one of the best players in the country and our team leader by winning her fifth career tournament and being the only player in the field to shoot an under-par round."
The Patriot ladies will hit the links again on October 7th and 8th as they compete in the BSC Southern Shootout at Highland Parks Golf Course in Birmingham, AL.
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 and Athletic Services Student Assistant