The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Golf team competed in the Tennessee Wesleyan Spring Invite at Springbrook CC in Niota, TN this week and came home with their first championship finish of the spring semester. Shooting a two-day total of 654 (+78), the Patriot ladies finished 36 strokes ahead of second place host Tennessee Wesleyan College.
Round one was a very wet and long round as play was stopped numerous times due to weather. The entire field finished the opening round except for 3 final groups who finished play the following morning. Senior Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) led UC firing a 79 (+7). Bri-ann Tokariwski (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) followed shooting an 83 (+11). Junior Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol UK) shot an 84 (+12) in the first round while senior McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) shot an 86 (+14). Rounding out the top five was Cristina Jimenez (Murcia, Spain) firing an 87 (+15).
The Patriots also had three individuals that competed this week. Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) fired an opening round 80 (+8). Junior Chelsea Branscum (Somerset, KY) followed shooting an 86 (+14). Rounding out the Patriots was Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) shooting a 90 (+18).
The Patriot ladies had a much better day overall in the final round. Sophomore and individual Shannon Bishop came out firing on day two shooting a great round of 75 (+4) for a two day total of 155 (+11) earning medalist for the tournament and receiving her first collegiate win. Laura Beth Harris led the way for the top 5 for UC firing an 81 (+9) for a total of 160 (+16) finishing in 2nd place individually, earning an All-Tournament spot. Liz Stephens followed Harris shooting a 78 (+6) for a total of 162 (+18) finishing tied for 4th and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. Following Stephens was Bri-ann Tokariwski shooting a 79 (+7) for a two day total of 162 (+18) tying for 4th with Stephens and receiving a spot on the All-Tournament team as well. Cristina Jimenez shot an 84 (+12) for a two day total of 171 (+27) finishing tied for 8th place. Rounding out the top five was senior McKinzie Price shooting an 85 (+13) for a total of 171 (+27) finishing tied for 8th place with Jimenez.
For the individuals, junior Taylor Gillis shot an 81 (+9) for a two day total of 171 (+27) finishing tied for 8th with Price and Jimenez. Chelsea Branscum followed closely behind them shooting an 86 (+14) for a two day total of 172 (+28) finishing in 12th place individually.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "Round one was hard to gauge because of the rain and multiple delays. I thought we cleaned some things up in round 2 although I would love to see us more efficient around the greens. Small country club courses have given us trouble all year so there was some improvement there this week. Winning wasn't really in question this week. I was more focused on getting better. We finished with 4 of the top 6 players which was nice. It's really exciting to see Shannon get her first career win and play at a really high level."
The Patriot ladies will be back on the links March 25th and 26th as they host the 3rd Annual Women's SEKI/MSC Spring Invite at Crooked Creek GC in London, KY.
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