BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. – Managing challenging conditions that inflated scores across the board, the UNCG women's golf team finished 14th in the 17-team Bryan National Collegiate on Sunday. Lizzie Bundy's 79 was the Spartans' low score of the day, but the team's standing was among its best in the 14-year history of the nationally prestigious event.
UNCG defeated NC State, UNC Wilmington and the College of Charleston, all of which were ranked ahead of the Spartans in the most recent golfstat.com ratings, over the 54-hole, three-day tournament at Bryan Park's Champions Course. It's the third time the Spartans have surpassed three or more teams in the Bryan, which the university co-hosts with Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons won the title by two strokes over Tennessee, which was led by medalist Erica Popson. In all, 13 of the 17 teams were ranked in the top 50, and they endured record cold in the final round. During play, the temperature topped out at 37 degrees. The previous cold standard at the event was a 44-degree day in 2008.
Ana Lucia Martinez had UNCG's top individual finish at the tournament, tying for 28th with a three-day total of 231 (77-74-80).
Before this year, UNCG's best efforts in this tourney came in 2008, when the team took 15th among 18 participants, and 2000, when it was 10th in a 15-team field.
UNCG will return to action April 4-5 at the Lady Seahawk Invite hosted by UNC Wilmington at River Landing Golf Course in Wallace, N.C.
BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE
Champions Course, Bryan Park (6,386 yards, par-72)
Browns Summit, N.C.
1. Wake Forest 294-295-306=895; 2. Tennessee 288-302-307=897; 3. North Carolina 295-302-312=909; 4. Virginia 296-298-316=910; 5. Duke 301-293-317=911; 6. Vanderbilt 299-309-305=913; 7. Florida State 308-304-314=925; 8. Ohio State 306-295-325=926; T9. South Carolina 305-305-319=929; T9. Louisville 303-303-323=929; 11. Michigan State 305-302-323=930; 12. Washington 304-305-328=937; 13. Northwestern 307-313-321=941; 14. UNCG 311-308-324=943; 15. NC State 311-315-328=954; 16. UNC Wilmington 311-328-325=964; 17. College of Charleston 321-326-329=976.
Top 10: 1. Erica Popson (Tennessee) 70-77—73; 2. Michelle Shin (Wake Forest) 70-75—76; T3. Kim Donovan (Duke) 74-73—75; T3. Portland Rosen (Virginia) 73-74—75; T5. Catherine O'Donnell (North Carolina) 73-74—76; T5. Allie White (North Carolina) 74-71—78; T7. Nathalie Mansson (Tennessee) 72-76-76—224; T7. Lindy Duncan (Duke) 77-72—75; T7. Megan Grehan (Vanderbilt) 72-76—76; T7. Lauren Stratton (Vanderbilt) 73-77-74—224; T7. Kaitlyn Rohrback (Tennessee) 72-74-78—224.
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