JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Despite grueling weather conditions at the Jekyll Island Golf Club, the FGCU women’s golf team finished strong and compiled its best score of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship to earn fourth place in the event. The Eagles concluded the tournament with team scores of 314 in the second round and 299 in the third round to finish tied for fourth in the field of 10 teams.
After the second round was halted due to severe weather on Tuesday, the team completed the second round with a score of 314 on Wednesday morning before producing its best round of the tournament with a 299 in the final round. With the strong final round, the Eagles finished tied with North Florida and Jacksonville with a total team score of 921.
“I am so proud of the way we played today,” explained head coach Sarah Trew. “We struggled in the early morning round but put together a 299 in the last round, which was phenomenal in these conditions. We really hung in there as Briana [Carlson] and Georgia [Price] had two great up and downs to keep us in fourth. Overall, I am so proud of this whole team and the way they all played today.”
Tournament favorite and defending champion, ETSU produced a tournament-best score of 297 in the final round to earn the team title with a total score of 896, while the Buc’s Vivienne Chin took the individual title with an overall score of 219.
Individually, Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School) led the Eagles with a seventh-place finish. Price carded scores of 79 and 73 on the final day for a total score of 225, just one stroke out of the top five and four strokes behind the tournament’s runner-up.
Price finished the second round with eight bogeys and just one birdie to card a 79 in the morning but rebounded well with a strong score in the final round. The junior played two bogeys in her first seven holes before carding two birdies and one bogey in her next five. She finished with six pars to hold a plus-1 score of 73 in the third round and finish at plus-9 through the three-day event.
“Georgia has really grown over the last three years and had a solid tournament for us,” said Trew of the team’s leader.
Senior Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School) placed 12th in her final event as an Eagle. Carlson scored a 75 in both of her rounds on the final day of competition for a total score of 228.
Carlson’s second round saw birdies on hole 11 and 18 but also included five bogeys. In the afternoon, she settled down and scored par on all but three holes.
Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) finished the tournament with a total score of 235 for 30th place. VanEtten struggled in the morning session with 11 bogeys but carded a 75 in the third round to improve in the standings.
“I am proud of Briana and Megan’s rounds today,” added Trew of the team’s two graduating seniors. “It’s difficult to keep your emotions even when you are playing your final collegiate round and they did an outstanding job.”
The Eagles’ lineup was rounded out with top-35 finishes from Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) and Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School). Yong finished at a plus-22 score of 238 and took 32nd place, while Guoynes sat just one stroke behind her teammate with a score of 239 and a 34th place finish.
Yong shot a 79 in both the second and third rounds with seven bogeys in the second round and eight bogeys and a birdie on the second hole in her final round.
Guoynes struggled as she completed her second round and finished with a plus-13 score of 85 after carding two double-bogeys and nine bogeys but bounced back in the afternoon session. Guoynes shot just five bogeys in the final round and added a birdie on the third hole to finish with a score of 76.
T7. Georgia Price 73-79-73-225
T12. Briana Carlson 78-75-75-228
T30. Megan VanEtten 79-81-75-235
T32. Mei Khuan Yong 80-79-79-238
34. Chelsea Guoynes 78-85-76-239
2.Kennesaw State 297-301-305-903
8.Northern Kentucky 306-317-332-955
10.USC Upstate 317-342-320-979