October 6, 2012

Upstate Finishes 11th at Rutgers Invitational

Piscataway, N.J. – The USC Upstate women's golf team shot a final round 328 and finished the tournament in 11th place out of 21 teams in the Rutgers Invitational at the Rutgers University Golf Course Saturday afternoon.

Upstate's 328 was the highest round turned in this season by the Spartans in three tournaments. Upstate began the round in eighth place and with a real chance of cracking the Top 5. However, the team finished its round eight strokes higher than its opening round of 320 on Friday.

"Disappointing.  That sums up today's performance," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "There is a fine line between a good round and a poor round.  The round took nearly six hours and it required tremendous focus and patience.  Overall, none of us broke from the pack to make a difference.  As I have said before, we need four solid rounds, but to not have one to count on, as it happened today, really puts us in a position of evaluating things as we prepare for the next event in Charleston."

Seton Hall led the tournament wire-to-wire, turning in a 304 on Saturday to finish with a 603 total. The Pirates won by seven strokes over Rutgers (610). St. John's was third at 620 and was followed by Dartmouth (634), Fairleigh Dickinson (635), Delaware (636), Monmouth (636), Boston U. (639), Lehigh (643), Central Connecticut State (644), Upstate (648), Long Island-Brooklyn (650), Wagner (656), Hofstra (657), Sacred Heart (661), Fairfield (667), Quinnipiac (668), Hartford (679), Mount St. Mary's (689), Albany (707) and St. Francis-N.Y. (711).

Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) finished as the low Spartan in the tournament. She carded an 80 on Saturday and finished with a 159 total and in a tie for 31st. Amanda Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) shot her second straight 80 and claimed a tie for 34th with a 160 total. Taylor Barnes (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot an 84 on Saturday and claimed a tie for 45th with a 161 total. Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) shot her second straight 84 and finished with a 168 total. Madison Bryant (Chapin, S.C.) shot a 93 on Saturday and finished with a 179 total.

Harin Lee (St. John's) won the individual championship after shooting back-to-back rounds of 73. Her 146 total cleared second place by four strokes.

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