The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's golf team came into the BSC Southern Shootout looking for their 2nd straight tournament title and 3rd of the fall season. After a solid 1st round and school record setting final round, UC earned a 2nd place finish of 22 teams, including some of the top teams in NCAA D-III.
The Patriots opened up shooting a 302 (+22) at the Highland Park Golf Course (par 70) but were trailing after round one to Lee University and Washington University St. Louis. Lee University shot a 292 (+12) the first round and Washington University St. Louis shot 300 (+20). The Patriots had a much better showing the second round and gave a good run at Lee University but fell short even after a school record day of 292 (+12). Lee University took home the team championship shooting a second round of 295 (+15) for a two day total of 587 (+27). The Patriots earned the 2nd place finish with a tournament total of 594 (+34). This finish was also good for a school record for 36 holes as well.
The Patriots were led by junior Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol, UK) who shot an opening round 73 (+3) followed by a final round 72 (+2) for a two day total of 145 (+5) which earned Stephens an All-Tournament team selection tied for 6th place overall. Senior Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) followed closely behind shooting a 76 (+6) in the first round and 72 (+2) in the second round for a tournament total of 148 (+8). She also earned an All-Tournament team selection finishing tied for 9th overall. McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) finished the tournament tied for 14th shooting a 1st round 75 (+5) and 2nd round 74 (+4) for a two day total of 149 (+9). Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) finished tied for 36th overall after firing a 78 (+8) in round 1 and 77 (+7) in round 2 for a total of 155 (+15). Rounding out the Patriots was Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) as she shot an 83 (+13) in the first round and 74 (+4) in the second for an overall total of 157 (+17) finishing tied for 49th overall.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented "Overall it was a very good event for us despite not getting the win. We spotted Lee too many shots in round 1. We closed the gap in round 2 with a school record round and did a better job limiting mistakes. This was an excellent field that included the #1, 2, 3, and 7 ranked teams in D-III. This result will help us a great deal in the ranking and give us confidence heading to Lee in a few weeks for our final fall event."
The Patriots will be back in action October 29th and 30th as they take part in the Lee Invitational at Cleveland Country Club in Cleveland, TN.
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