FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Ariana Macioce shot a school record 68, and the Georgia Southern women’s golf team posted a 293 to move four spots up the leaderboard and finish seventh Tuesday at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia Island National Golf Club.
The Eagles made the biggest move of the day after shooting the fifth-lowest score of the round. Georgia Southern (+39) finished two strokes behind Georgia State (+37) and Cincinnati, which tied for fifth. Mercer (+9) won the tourney by three strokes over Campbell (+12).
Macioce (+1) finished eighth for her second top-10 outing in a row. Lauren Coe followed yesterday’s 70 in the second round with a 69 today and tied for 21st for her third top-25 finish of the season.
Ansley Bowman carded a 77 today, Iben Hvass shot a 79 and Yeji Shin posted an 80. Individual Taylor Thompson shot an 84.
Macioce ranked third in the tournament in par-4 scoring at 2-under, and Coe’s 11 birdies were tied for the fifth most. Macioce posted six birdies today and made birdie on four of her first seven holes of the round. The sophomore was 5-under through 14 holes after a birdie on the par-4, 352-yard fourth hole.
Coe scored par or better, including two birdies in a row, on her first six holes. The senior played her final six holes 2-under with birdies on holes 6 and 8 for her 69.
Quotable from coach Emily Kuhfeld
“We finished the tournament strong today – lots to be proud of and learn from. Ari and Lauren really stayed in the present and led the way. In the last two rounds, they played with commitment and confidence, and the rest of the team is very close to great golf as well. We improved each round and are feeling confident going into our next tournament, just a few days away.”
The Eagles will wrap up a busy February by traveling to the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate Feb. 26-28.