The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Golf program looked to start off their 2014 spring season with a bang in Rome, GA at the Coosa Invitational. With solid play throughout the two days of play in weather-beaten conditions, the Patriots were able to come away with an 8 stroke victory over Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) for their first win of the season.
On day one, it was senior Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol UK) leading the way shooting a solid 73 (+3), holding a 3 stroke lead over her nearest competitor. Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) followed with a 77 (+7), sitting in 4th after day one. Bri-Ann Tokariwski (Winnipeg, Canada) was just one stroke behind Bishop shooting a 1st round 78 (+8) sitting in 7th place. Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) and Candice Lindeque (Boksburg, South Africa) rounded out UC's team players as Gillis shot an opening round 83 while Lindeque shot an 89. Two others played as individuals in the tournament as Rachel Pingleton (Parksville, KY) and Annabeth McKay (Amarillo, TX) competed well. Pingleton was tied for 7th at the end of day one shooting a78 (+8) while McKay opened up her tournament with a 91.
Day two was a battle, but the Patriots were able to stay consistent as they held off a surging TNU team for the tournament victory. It was the play of Pingleton that stood out on day two as she shot a 72 on the round to finish with a 150 (+10), taking home Medalist honors. Stephens followed suit finishing in 2nd place just one stroke back shooting a 78 on the day for a total of 151 (+11), earning All-Tournament Team honors. Tokariwski added a 2nd round 77 to finish with a total of 155 (+15), tying for 4th overall and earning All-Tournament Team honors. Bishop and Gillis ended the tournament tied for 15th, each shooting a total of 164. Lindeque tied for 21st place shooting a combined total of 167. McKay finished tied for 43rd with a total score of 178.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "This was a good way to start the spring. We have never won at Coosa so that was the goal since we started at the beginning of February. We have a few things to clean up moving forward, but overall it was a solid start. It's the 3rd time in less than a calendar year we've had an individual win an event. It truly speaks volumes to our depth and competitiveness. Rachel has played great this spring and I couldn't be happier for her."
The Patriot ladies will be back in action next week on March 10th and 11th as they travel to Beaufort, SC to compete in the Taylormade Adidas Intercollegiate Invite.
For more information on the Patriot Women's Golf program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.