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AUGUSTA, Ga. (March 15, 2015) – Posting its lowest round of the tournament, the ETSU women’s golf team took away a huge confidence boost following third and final round play Sunday in the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate at the Forest Hills Golf Club.
With a team score of 296 and having all five players shoot rounds of 75 or lower, the Buccaneers moved up a spot to finish the tournament in ninth place. Individually, sophomore Rachel Pollock (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) posted a team-best score of 1-over-par 72 to join junior Vivienne Chin (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia) as the top ETSU individuals in the tournament, as both finished tied for 23rd.
“We improved every day at this event and we ended it with a great day on the course,” said ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton. “Today is such a confidence boost for our program as everyone played well. We are starting to come together as a team and realize our potential. This should be a huge help for us as we head into back-to-back tournaments these next few weeks.”
Pollock, who posted low rounds for the Bucs on Friday and Sunday, said she was pleased in her ability to put three solid rounds together for the weekend.
“I tried to stay patient today, and I was able to make of couple of clutch par putts early that kept the momentum of my round going,” Pollock said. “I started rolling the ball better today and that really helped me. It was great to put together three solid rounds, but I am even more proud of our team for improving every day, and I think we are all looking forward to heading to South Carolina next weekend.”
Chin said she overcame some early challenges to finish with a strong effort.
“I started off a little bit shaky but I managed to get my rhythm back to normal,” said Chin, who posted a final round score of 4-over 75. “I gave 100 percent out there today and I was happy with the result.”
Other ETSU results included a 3-over 74 by freshman Allyson Dunn (Kingsport), while fellow freshman Dominika Czudkova (Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic) and sophomore Linda Dobele (Ogre, Latvia) both posted 4-over 75s. For the tournament, Czudkova placed tied for 32nd, while both Dunn and Dobele both tied for 49th.
No. 43 Coastal Carolina took home the team title by six strokes over Kennesaw State, while Coastal’s Lena Schaeffner made it a sweep for the Chanticleers by finishing the tournament at 4-under-par 209. That score was good enough to best her teammate Malene Krolboll Hansen and Furman’s Taylor Totland by one stroke.
The Bucs will return to action on Monday, March 23 in the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, S.C. For more on ETSU women’s golf throughout the 2015 spring season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf link.