B-CU’s golf team wins trophy in South Carolina tourney

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Bethune-Cookman turned in a tournament-low scoring mark on Sunday afternoon, sweeping its way to the team trophy at the 2016 Low Country Intercollegiate hosted by Wofford. The two-day, 36-hole event took place at the famed Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

The women’s golf team is shown after the win in Hilton Head, S.C.(COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)
The women’s golf team is shown after the win in Hilton Head, S.C.
(COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)

Bethune-Cookman (304-307=611, +35) sat just two shots back of the lead heading into the March 20 final round. The Wildcats made up ground by breaking the tournament’s team scoring record of 616 (+40), previously held by Western Carolina (2010) and Appalachian State (2011).

Second-place competitor Chattanooga (302-312=614, +38) also broke the tournament record alongside the Wildcats.

B-CU freshman Yudika Rodriguez (74-74=148, +4) was steady the entire weekend for the Maroon and Gold, pacing the Wildcats as the top scorer and placing herself tied for second in the tournament with mirror round of 2-over 74.

Classmate Shamiso Hat-chard (76-79=155, +11) used a second round 7-over 79, placing herself tied for 16th on the final leaderboard.

Top three teams
Meanwhile, a pair of Wildcats tied for 25th overall, as sophomore Mackenzie Butzer (79-78=157, +13) and freshman Alejandra Sanchez (81-76=157, +13) each lowered their scores from the March 19 opening round action. Butzer fired a final round 6-over 78, shaving a stroke from her opening round. And it was Sanchez besting her first round by five strokes with a 4-over 76 on Sunday.

The final Bethune-Cookman golfer was junior Saraid Ruiz (75-83=158, +14), dropping down the leaderboard in the final round as the Venezuela native turned in a final round 83 scorecard. She would finished tied for 33rd overall.

Sasha Banks (75-71=146, +2) of Brown took the individual medalist award, while B-CU’s Rodriguez and Chattanooga’s Emily McLennan shared the runner-up cup.

As a team, it was Gardner-Webb (306-311-617, +41) rounding out the top three teams behind B-CU and Chattanooga in the final standings.

Bethune-Cookman women’s golf returns to action March 28-29, taking part in the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va. The event will be hosted by the College of William & Mary.

This story is courtesy of B-CU Athletics.

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