Cougars Finish Strong In Final Round To Place In Top 5 at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Four members of the College of Charleston women's golf team carded rounds of 3-over par or better to lead the Cougars to a strong finish in the final round of the three-day Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic held on Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Point Golf Course.
The top 19 teams advanced to Cougar Point, while the other 14 teams finished out the largest collegiate tournament in the country at Oak Point Golf Course.
CofC placed fifth after finishing the second round in 11th at +42. The Cougars improved 13 strokes on the final day to turn in a final-round score of 292, the lowest round by any of the 33 schools on Tuesday. It marked the team's second top 5 finish of the season behind a fourth-place outing at the Nittany Lion Invitational on Oct. 2.
Junior Kathy Boehm (Munich, Germany) led the Cougars with a three-round 5-over par 221 after shooting even par on the final day of tournament play. It was her second top 10 finish of the year next to tying for third at the Nittany Lion Invitational.
Junior Vanessa Koechli (Greer, S.C.) shot the lowest individual round of the tournament by a CofC golfer with a final-round one-under 71 followed by a two-over 74 by junior Anna Martin (Easley, S.C.). Senior Leigh Whittaker (Baden-Baden, Germany) also contributed to the final-round comeback with a three-over 75.
"I thought we played our best round of the year," CofC Head Coach Jamie Futrell said. "I am very proud of our team. We talked about having a winning attitude and being confident (going into the final round). It is fun when you watch them actually take to heart what you said. They really went out and did it today. This gives us some momentum going into a huge tournament at LSU next week. We will need every bit of that momentum going forward. Overall, it was a great day with a great finish."
UNCG's Fanny Cnops took home individual medalist honors with a 2-under par 214. Meanwhile, Augusta State claimed the team title with a three-round score of 877 (+13) which was 22 strokes better than their nearest opponent in second-place UNCG (+35) and tied for third-place Campbell (+39) and Elon (+39).
"Kiawah Island Resort is one of the best resorts in the country and they do a great job of running high-quality tournaments," Futrell said. "Everything ran really smoothly for us and we would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers for their help over the last three days."
Up next, the Cougars will travel to the LSU/Cleveland Classic hosted by LSU on March 9-11 at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.
EDWIN WATTS/KIAWAH ISLAND CLASSIC
February 26-28, 2012
Cougar Point and Oak Point Golf Course
at Kiawah Island, S.C.
FINAL TEAM RESULTS
1, Augusta State, 286-296-295-877 (+13). 2, UNCG, 307-297-295-899 (+35). 3T, Campbell, 306-298-299-903 (+39). 3T, Elon, 303-296-304-903 (+46). 5, College of Charleston, 313-305-292-910 (+46). 6, Daytona State College, 314-296-301-911 (+47). 7, Middle Tennessee State, 313-304-298-915 (+51). 8T, Jacksonville State, 307-305-307-919 (+55). 8T, Old Dominion, 315-295-309-919 (+55). 10, Chattanooga, 309-302-310-921 (+57). 11, Oral Roberts, 318-308-301-927 (+63). 12, Arkansas-Little Rock, 309-312-307-928 (+64). 13, Bucknell, 322-298-309-929 (+65). 14, St. John's, 322-299-309-930 (+66). 15T, Longwood, 310-312-309-931 (+67). 15T, Georgetown, 324-301-306-933 (+67). 15T, Akron, 314-302-315-931 (+67). 18T, Mercer, 315-310-308-933 (+69). 18T, Charleston Southern, 322-305-306-933 (+69). 20, Morehead State, 315-320-302-937 (+73). 21, Western Carolina, 317-304-317-938 (+74). 22, Illinois State, 326-305-312-943 (+79). 23, Arkansas State, 310-321-313-944 (+80). 24, Newberry College, 317-309-319-945 (+81). 25, Richmond, 317-312-321-950 (+86). 26, Presbyterian College, 325-303-323-951 (+87). 27, Winthrop, 329-304-320-953 (+89). 28, William & Mary, 331-300-323-954 (+90). 29, High Point, 331-300-324-955 (+91). 30, Marshall, 325-303-333-961 (+97). 31, Radford, 327-308-328-963 (+99). 32, IUPUI, 336-311-324-971 (+107). 33, The Citadel, 346-342-330-1018 (+154).
FINAL COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
9, Kathy Boehm, 74-75-72-221 (+5). *17T, Ainhoa Nogales, 77-72-77-226 (+10). 26T, Vanessa Koechli 79-77-71-227 (+11). 48T, Leigh Whittaker, 80-76-75-231 (+15). 63T, Anna Martin, 80-80-74-234 (+18). 101T, Kathryn Miranda 82-77-79-238 (+22). *109T, C.C. Buford, 85-74-81-240 (+24). *127T, Regina Rosas, 85-76-82-243 (+27). *162T, Walker McLear, 86-81-86 (+37).
*competed as individuals