TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2015) – Following three days of play in the Florida State Matchup at the Southwood Golf Course, the ETSU women’s golf team ultimately finished where it started, posting a 10th-place finish in the event after Sunday’s third and final round.
Facing a tournament field that included No. 2 South Carolina, No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 17 Virginia, No. 26 Furman, No. 38 Florida State and No. 42 Coastal Carolina, the Buccaneers were unable to get the consistently strong play they needed to advance on the leaderboard. However, head coach Stefanie Shelton said the talent and determination is there to learn and improve.
“We’ve not yet been able to carry confidence throughout an entire tournament,” Shelton said. “We continue to let great opportunities pass us by because of that issue with confidence. The potential is there for sure.”
Junior Vivienne Chin (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia) posted the team’s low round of the day and the best finish on the individual leaderboard for the Bucs. Chin fired a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday to finish tied for 46th. Meanwhile, sophomore Rachel Pollock (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) was the only other ETSU player to post a score in the 70s thanks to a 5-over 77 and finished 52nd.
As for the rest of the tournament field, the Bucs’ fellow Southern Conference member Furman took home the team title by outlasting No. 9 Mississippi State by seven strokes. The Paladins posted a final team score of 12-over-par 876.
Individually, Furman’s Taylor Totland and Texas A&M’s Bianca Fabrizio tied for the individual title with scores of 2-under-par 214.
The Bucs will return to action on March 23rd in the Briar’s Creek Invitational at John’s Island, S.C. For more on ETSU women’s golf throughout the 2014-15 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf link.