The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's golf team participated this past Monday and Tuesday in the Lee Invitational at Cleveland Country Club in Cleveland, TN. The Patriots had a rough first round shooting a 354 (+66) and in 4th place out of 11 teams trailing to host school Lee University (327, +39) USC Beaufort (347, +59), and Coastal Georgia (350, +62). UC went out in the 2nd round hoping to improve, which they did by their score but not by their placing, as they shot a final round 341 (+53) to finish in 4th place. Lee University captured the team championship shooting a second round of 329 (+41) for a two day total of 656 (+80).
The Patriots were led by junior Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol, UK) who shot an opening round 84 (+12) and second round 83 (+11) for a two day total of 167 (+23) finishing in 8th place individually. Senior Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) followed shooting an 85 (+13) in the first round and 83 in the second round for a tournament total of 168 (+24) finishing tied for 9th. McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) finished tied for 20th place overall after shooting a 1st round 92 (+20) and 2nd round 86 (+14) for a total of 178 (+34). Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) followed closely behind shooting a 93 (+21) in the first round and 89 (+17) in the final round for a tournament total of 182 (+38) finishing tied for 31st. Rounding out the team was Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) who shot an opening round 94 (+22) and final round 90 (+18) for a two day total of 184 (+40) finishing tied for 34th.
The Patriots also had 3 individuals who participated this week. Junior Chelsea Branscum (Somerset, KY) shot an 89 (+17) in round 1 and an 87 (+15) in round 2 for a tournament total of 176 (+32) finishing in 18th place. Bri-Anne Tokariwski (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) shot an opening round 90 (+18) followed by a 2nd round 88 (+16) to finish tied for 20th place shooting a tournament total of 178 (+34). Cristina Jimenez (Murcia, Spain) shot a 1st round 94 (+22) and 2nd round 87 (+15) the second for a two day total of 181 (+37) finishing tied for 28th.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "This wasn't the way we wanted to finish what has been an excellent semester by our women. It is a very tough course and the weather compounded that difficulty. Our short game was exposed this week and falls on us coaches to have the team prepared. We will come out ready in the spring."
For more information on the Patriots women's golf team as well as other Patriot athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article Provided by Laura Beth Harris, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant