NINETY SIX, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s golf team continued its domination by firing the best score for the third straight day in capturing the 2009 Big South Conference Women’s Golf Championship, April 14. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at The Patriot Golf Club (Par 72 – 5,956 yards) in Ninety Six, S.C. This was the Chanticleers’ fourth Big South crown and gives them their second berth in the NCAA Regionals in program history.
For the third-consecutive day, the top-seeded Chanticleers posted the best round of the day by eight shots, shooting a 12-over 300 to finish at 911 and post an 18-shot team victory. Charleston Southern was second at 929, with Winthrop in third at 935.
Junior Aruka Felgueroso, the Big South Co-Player of the Year, shot a 4-over 76 in the final round, the fourth best score of the day, and took home medalist honors by two shots with a 54-hole total of 218. Felgueroso (shown receiving her medalist trophy) is the fifth Coastal Carolina player to win the individual title and the first since teammate and senior Ann Maness did it in 2006.Olivia Jordan-Higgins of Charleston Southern, the other Co-Player of the Year, was the runner-up at 220.
Maness shot the best final round in the tournament, as she was the only player under par for the day with a 1-under 71, moving her up 10 spots to a tie for fifth at 232. Redshirt-senior Jessica Vincent shot a 4-over 76 to finish fourth at 229, while sophomore Alicia Grier joined Maness in a tie for fifth after a final-round 77 put her at 232. For their play in the tournament, Vincent, Maness and Grier all earned places on the All-Big South squad. Sophomore Carmen Jones rounded out the scoring with her best round of the tournament with an 80, finishing in a tie for 24th at 248.
“I cannot be more excited for the team,” First-year Head Coach Katie Quinney said about winning the championship. “They have worked so hard since I got here in January, going through the transition and taking everything I threw at them in stride to get better. They have really worked hard last few months and I am so proud of them.
“Today, they looked relaxed and confident in warm-ups, and it showed on the course,” Quinney commented about her team. “Aruka played really well throughout the tournament and proved she was the top player in the league. I also thought it was a great tribute to the team that we had four players in the top six, with Jessica, Ann and Alicia earning their way onto the All-Big South squad. I think accomplishing that proves our stroke averages and the quality of schedule we played in the spring. That really gave them confidence in this championship, and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
The Chanticleers will find out their Regional draw at the end of April, with play slated to be May 7-9. Coastal Carolina has played at one of the regional sites already, having competed earlier this spring at the East Regional site at the University of Florida Golf Club, where they finished a solid eighth at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational. The other two regional sites are Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. (West) and The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio (Central). The NCAA Championships will be played May 19-22 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.
Final Team Results
1 Coastal Carolina 315-296-300=911 +47
2 Charleston Southern 322-299-308=929 +65
3 Winthrop 322-303-310=935 +71
4 Radford 320-309-322=951 +87
5 Gardner-Webb 322-324-325=971 +107
6 Bucknell 333-327-316=976 +112
7 High Point 341-318-325=984 +120
8 Presbyterian 344-337-325=1006 +142
9 Holy Cross 368-360-359=1087 +223
Top Five Individuals Plus Coastal
1 Aruka Felgueroso (Coastal) 73-69-76=218
2 Olivia Higgins (Charleston Southern) 75-70-75=220
3 Sara Hester (Winthrop) 78-73-77=228
4 Jessica Vincent (Coastal) 81-72-76=229
t5 Ann Maness (Coastal) 83-78-71=232
t5 Alicia Grier (Coastal) 78-77-77=232
t5 Brittany Penny (Winthrop) 78-74-80=232
t24 Carmen Jones (Coastal) 84-84-80=248There are no events currently schedule for this sport. There are no events currently schedule for this sport. There are no events currently schedule for this sport. » Copyright 2009 Coastal Carolina University.