KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2017) – ETSU’s women’s golf team finished well at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships on Tuesday, moving up one spot in the team standings and putting two players in the individual top 30 after the third and final round.
The Bucs’ team score of 284 tied for the 4th-best out of 15 teams on the day, pushing them from a tie for 12th after the first two rounds on Monday up to 11th. It also continued the Bucs’ improvement from start to finish, after ETSU shot a 309 in the first round and 290 in the second.
ETSU finished five shots clear of Iowa – the team it tied on Monday – and got within four shots of North Carolina State for 10th after trailing the Wolfpack by 13 at the start of play Tuesday at the par-71, 5897-yard Cherokee Country Club.
Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) and Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) were ETSU’s top two individual performers.
Loy fired her second consecutive round of 68 on Tuesday – ETSU’s best score of the tournament – to finish at 2-under 211. The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year posted five birdies and two bogeys in moving up ten spots to 12th on the individual leaderboard.
Melecka shot a 1-over 72 on Tuesday, with a bogey on the par-4 7th hole the only misstep in an otherwise steady round. The freshman finished at 5-over par for the tournament and in a tie for 29th in her first collegiate event.
Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) dropped in a birdie on her last hole to finish at even-par 71 on the day and nine-over for the tournament. It was her second straight even-par round and it left the freshman tied for 43rd in her college debut.
“Yesterday was a long, hot day of 36 holes – a first for some of our players,” said ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton. “They came out today and competed until the last hole. That allowed us to beat some good teams.”
Sophomore Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) posted a two-over 73 on Tuesday, her best round of the tournament, and tied for 80th.
Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) ended with her best round, a 79. Freshman Jordan Handy (Oshkosh, Wis.), competing as an unattached player, posted her second straight 84 on Tuesday.
“The ladies never let up once they conquered their nerves,” Shelton said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to action on Friday.”
The Bucs’ next tournament is the Lady Paladin Invitational, starting Friday, September 22 in Greenville, S.C.
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