GREENVILLE, S.C. – Annie Swords shot a team-best 75, and the Georgia Southern women’s golf team moved up a spot to finish 15th at the Furman Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman Golf Club Tuesday (September 22nd, 2015). It was the first tournament in program history.
Georgia Southern topped Samford by a stroke and Brown by 15 strokes. Missouri (+7) took first, topping host Furman (+15) by eight strokes. New Mexico (+19) was third, followed by Wake Forest (+21) and Clemson, which tied for fourth.
Swords’ 75 was her lowest round of the tournament. Iben Hvass shot a 78 and finished tied for 47th in the field of 96. Yeji Shin shot an 80, while Ariana Macioce and Taylor Thompson each posted an 82.
Swords, who started on hole 17, birdied two of her final three holes coming in and played the first five holes of the course at 1-under. Hvass started on hole 15 and after struggling early, played the front nine of the course even par with a birdie and a bogey. The junior scored par or better on seven consecutive holes during her round. Shin posted birdies on the par-5 6th hole and the par-3 8th hole.
Coach Emily Kuhfeld commented “Our final round had some highs and lows, and the team showed energy and resilience following our tough round yesterday. I am proud of all of them for giving 100 percent, and I am looking forward to our upcoming practices to work on some execution issues we had this week. Annie showed a lot of strength today with a closing round of 75 and being low on the team after struggling in her opening rounds.”
Next up, Georgia Southern travels to the Lady Pirate Invitational, hosted by East Carolina, Sept. 28-29, in Greenville, N.C.