KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Sophomore Yasemin Sari shot a final round 4-under 68, Georgia State’s lowest round of the season, to lead the Panthers to a final round 300 and a 24th place finish of 41 teams at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic, the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country (March 1st, 2016).
Sari jumped almost 40 spots on the leaderboard to finish tied for 18th in the field which included more than 200 golfers. After birding her first three holes, Sari pushed her round to 6-under par after 10 holes to finish the event at 8-over par.
Georgia State’s 12-over round was its lowest of the event, finishing at 63-over for the 54-hole event.
“Overall, I am really pleased with the way everyone played today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Yasemin played extremely well and really stepped up in a big way. Even with a little stumble at the end, she still came back and birdied her final hole. I think we can use today and the practice we will get in the next three weeks as momentum heading into our next event.
Junior Jooeun Bae added a final round 76 to finish the event at 15-over and tied for 79th, while freshman Jemima Gregson also shot 76 and finished at 18-over, tied for 101st.
Junior Solene Le Coz closed out the tournament with an 80 on Tuesday, finishing at 29-over par and tied for 169th. Senior Julie Lied shot 81 in the final round, finishing tied for 172nd at 30-over par.
Coastal Carolina earned an eight-stroke win following a final round 6-under 282 to finish the event at 7-over par. Chattanooga finished second at 15-over, followed by host College of Charleston in third at 20-over. Former conference foe Old Dominion finished fourth at 20-over, followed by Elon in fifth at 32-over.
Troy’s Fatima Cano and Chattanooga’s Emily McLennan shared low medalist honors at 6-under par. Elon’s Heather Munro finished third at 3-under, with William & Mary’s Alessandra Liu and Coastal Carolina’s Malene Krolboll Hansen finishing tied for fourth at 1-under.
Georgia State will return to action March 20-22, for the MSU Spring Citrus Challenge at Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.