March 14, 2012
WAIKIKI, HAWAI'I - Brittany Henderson and Jessica Alexander each carded top 10 finishes in the 26th annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational to lead the Coastal Carolina women's golf team to a fourth-place finish in the 14-team field.
The Chanticleers shot a final round of 20-over par as a team during Wednesday's action to fall one place in the team standings. No. 12 Texas A&M won the event with a three-round score of 37-over par and was followed by No. 24 UC Davis (+41), Gonzaga (+46), Coastal Carolina (+51) and Texas State (+60) in the top five at the par-72, 6,139 yard Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in Waikiki, Hawai'i.
Henderson led the charge as she tied for second overall, equaling her career-best finish, with a 54-hole score of 222 (72-72-78). Shooting a final round of 6-over par, Henderson played her front nine holes 1-under par with a birdie on the par-4 second hole. However, after the turn Henderson struggled to a 7-over finish over her final nine holes. The junior finished the tournament ranked tied for first as she played the par-4's 1-over for the tournament.
Alexander turned in a sixth-place finish (tied), her best of the season, with a three-day tally of 222 (77-74-75). Alexander countered an early bogey with a birdie to play even par through her first nine holes of the day. The junior then fell into a mid-round slump as she bogeyed four of her next five holes before recovering with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole. She parred out the round to produce her plus-3 score.
Senior Kaitlin Higginbotham carded Coastal's best round on Wednesday, despite a double bogey, helping her finish tied for 21st overall. Higginbotham started the day 1-under through her first nine holes. One-under as she stepped onto the 12th tee box, Higginbotham would record a double bogey but would recover with two bogeys versus one bogey to finish the round at even par. Higginbotham co-led the field with a combined 10 birdies over the two-day event.
The Chanticleers don't get much time before their next round of competition as they play in The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn at the Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif., March 18-20.
Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course
Par: 72 - 6,139 yards
Dates: March 13-14
1. Texas A&M 303-300-298 - 901 +37
2. UC Davis 298-310-297 - 905 +41
3. Gonzaga 302-300-308 - 910 +46
4. Coastal Carolina 305-302-308 - 915 +51
5. Texas State 311-303-310 - 924 +60
6. Idaho 307-310-316 - 933 +69
7-t. Washington State 320-304-310 - 934 +70
7-t. North Texas 311-311-312 - 934 +70
9. Iowa 308-312-318 - 938 +74
10. Hawai'i 318-299-323 - 940 +76
11. UTEP 313-312-320 - 945 +81
12. Montana State 329-320-318 - 967 +103
13. Northern Colorado 322-322-329 - 973 +109
14. Hawai'i-Hilo 322-322-335 - 979 +115
Coastal Carolina Results
2-t. Brittany Henderson 72-72-78 - 222 +6
6-t. Jessica Alexander 77-74-75 - 226 +10
21-t. Kaitlin Higginbotham 79-81-72 - 232 +16
54-t. Frida Castillo 77-78-86 - 241 +25
65-t. Courtney Boe 85-78-83 - 246 +30