Women's Golf Finishes Seventh at SAC Championship

CONOVER, N.C. – Senior Laura Buyers fired a final-round three-over par 74 on Tuesday to lead the Anderson University women’s golf team, as the Trojans finished in seventh place at the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Golf Championship at the Rock Barn’s par 71, 5,857 yard Jackson Course layout.   

Buyers (77-82-74=233), who posted her best score of the three-round event on Tuesday, finished in a two-way tie for sixth. Fellow senior Kalyn Johnson (83-85-82=250) finished in a tie for 25th after notching a total 37-over par for the event, while freshman Natalie Feder carded a three-round total 259 to finish in a tied for 34th. Sophomore Katie Eskew (86-92-91=269) and freshman Sarah Timms (92-92-85=269) each fired a two-day total 56-over par and shared 38th place. 

Newberry finished with a team score of 919 to win the team title. The Wolves, who shot a 17-over 301 in Tuesday’s final round, finished 19 strokes ahead of runner-up Lincoln Memorial.

Newberry was paced by Maria Luz Besio, who won the Championship’s individual medal by posting a three-round score of five-over 218.  Besio, who was named the SAC Player of the Year last week , carded an even-par 71 on Tuesday. 

Newberry also got strong performances from Barbara Castro and Lisa Brandl, who finished fifth and tied for sixth, respectively, in the individual standings.

LMU’s runner-up finish was led by Desta Coaker, who shot a 229 for the Championship, which was tied for the third-best individual score.   

Tusculum finished third in the team standings with a combined score of 950, followed by Carson-Newman at 953.

Wingate closed out the Championship with a fifth-place team total of 981, led by Lucia Careaga, who finished second in the individual standings after a final-round 70 – the lowest individual round of the event. 

Catawba came in sixth in the final team standings, followed by Anderson, Lenoir-Rhyne, Brevard and Mars Hill. 

Joining Besio, Careaga, Coaker and Castro on the All-Tournament First Team was Tusculum’s Emee Herbert.  The All-Tournament Second Team consisted of Brandl, Anderson’s Laura Buyers, Tusculum’s Jillian Corum, and LMU’s Whitney Ball and Brittany McCown.

The First Team is determined by the five best individual scores at the Championship, while the Second Team is made up of the next-best group of five scores.  
 


finish top 20 schools  scores
1 Newberry College  310 308 301 919 +67
2 Lincoln Memorial  309 323 306 938 +86
3 Tusculum College  310 329 311 950 +98
4 Carson-Newman  325 315 313 953 +101
5 Wingate   326 325 330 981 +129
6 Catawba College  323 334 330 987 +135
7 Anderson University   331 346 328 1005 +153
8 Lenoir-Rhyne   359 340 329 1028 +176
9 Brevard College  385 388 367 1140 +288
10 Mars Hill College  414 392 377 1183 +331

finish top 20 players school scores
1 Maria Luz Besio  Newberry College 72 75 71 218 +5
2 Lucia Careaga  Wingate 78 80 70 228 +15
T3 Desta Coaker  Lincoln Memorial 77 76 76 229 +16
T3 Emee Herbert  Tusculum College 73 81 75 229 +16
5 Barbara Castro  Newberry College 81 78 72 231 +18
T6 Lisa Brandl   Newberry College 79 72 82 233 +20
T6 Laura Buyers  Anderson University 77 82 74 233 +20
T8 Whitney Ball  Lincoln Memorial 76 82 78 236 +23
T8 Jillian Corum  Tusculum College 76 81 79 236 +23
T8 Brittany McCown  Lincoln Memorial 77 86 73 236 +23
11 Mary Tunnell  Carson-Newman 80 79 78 237 +24
12 Madison Kennedy  Catawba College 77 79 82 238 +25
T13 Eline Askeland  Newberry College 78 83 78 239 +26
T13 Jennifer Oliver  Carson-Newman 81 75 83 239 +26
T15 Leslie Long  Catawba College 80 83 77 240 +27
T15 Maria Stapleton  Lincoln Memorial 79 82 79 240 +27
17 Melanie Manis  Carson-Newman 85 76 81 242 +29

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