FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Junior Iben Hvass shot a 73 at Amelia National Golf Club Tuesday (February 23, 2016) on the final day of the Amelia Island Collegiate, and the Georgia Southern women’s golf team moved up a place to finish seventh in the 16-team tournament.
Hvass’ total was tied for the seventh lowest round of the day, and she recorded her second top-20 finish of the season with a tie for 10th. Ansley Bowman also fired a 73, and Yeji Shin carded a 74 and tied for 31st. Ariana Macioce posted a 77 and tied for 34th, and Annie Swords finished with an 80 today.
Georgia Southern (+38) started the day in a four-way tie for eighth but carded its second-lowest round of the season, a 297, to move ahead of that pack and into seventh. The Eagles’ team score tied Tulsa for the best of the day, and their seventh-place finish is the best in the first-year program’s short history.
North Florida (+11) won the tournament, and Cincinnati (+20) finished second. Campbell (+31) and Kennesaw State tied for third, followed by Bradley (+32) and Tulsa (+34).
The Eagles teed off on holes 7-9 today and got off to another great start with all five players combining to shoot 2-under through their first five holes. Hvass and Shin each birdied two of their first three holes, while Bowman and Swords parred their first five. Hvass was 2-under through 13 holes, and Bowman went on to score par or better on nine consecutive holes during her round. Macioce was even through her first nine holes, and Shin and Hvass each rolled in three birdies on the day.
Quotable from Head Coach Emily Kuhfeld:
“Today was another confidence-building round for the team. We started the day well and for the first time, had the low round at a tournament. A few course management decisions and missed putts cost us a few near the end, but I could not be prouder of how this team is progressing each week. Iben had three consistent rounds and led the way today with Ansley and Yeji stepping up with some solid scores today as well. We are growing in confidence and knowledge each week and it is fun to see!”