Jekyll Island, Ga. – Allea Hawkins didn't take long to make a mark in her college career, recording a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole on the Pine Lakes Golf Course at the Jekyll Island Golf Resort Saturday to lead the USC Upstate women's golf team at the Eat-A-Peach Classic.
Hawkins (Hendersonville, N.C.) became just the second Upstate women's golfer to record a hole-in-one during a competitive round. She joins former Spartan Johanna Ebenhag, who made an ace in the first round of the 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate, as the only two Spartans with hole-in-ones in program history.
"Allea had a highlight today that she will remember forever and so will I," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "It's such a rarity to have a hole in one in a college tournament and she played a nice round in only her second as a college golfer. "
Upstate shot a 321 in the second round of the Eat-A-Peach and stands fourth on the leaderboard heading into the final round on Sunday. Mercer maintained its lead and shot 302 Saturday for a 595 total. Seminole State stands second with a 624 total, Florida Gulf Coast is third with a 629 total and Upstate is fourth with a 643 total.
"Overall, we did a lot well today, but it's not enough to be good in golf 90 percent of the time if your misses cost you strokes," said Lawton. "We will look to sharpen our accuracy off the tee as well as convert more up and downs around the greens. That is the difference right now."
Hawkins' hole-in-one helped her shoot a career-best 78 to lead Upstate on the day. She is the top Spartan in the tournament with 159 total and is 13th on the leaderboard. Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.), Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Amanda Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) each shot 81 for the Spartans. Reiling is 16th with a 161 total, Lowe is tied for 17th with a 162 total and Hall is 20th with a 164 total. Malika Allie (Cape Town, South Africa) shot 86 Saturday and is tied for 21st with a 166 total.
Mercer's Lace Fears is tied with teammate Katy Harris with the lead heading into the final round. The two are at even-par 144 for the tournament.