Daytona Beach, Fla. – The USC Upstate women's golf team posted its best finish of the season on Friday afternoon as the Spartans had a final round 306 for a fourth place performance at the Lady EagleCat Invitational from the LPGA International Golf Club – Jones Course.
Upstate improved its score by four strokes from the first round and concluded the tournament with a combined score of 616 (310-306). The Spartans also jumped three spots in the team standings after entering the day in seventh place.
Upstate was led individually by the freshmen duo of Anna Chanthaphaeng and Pan Paksanont who both placed in the top 10. Chanthaphaeng had a final round 76 and finished tied for eighth at 150 (74-76). Pakasanont was one stroke behind Chanthaphaeng in a tie for 10th place after posting a 75 in the second round and was 151 (76-75) for the tournament.
Sidney Dermody was the third-highest finisher for the Spartans in a tie for 21st position after shooting a final round 80 and had a total score of 156 (76-80). Payton Culler cut nine strokes off her first round score from Thursday after turning in a 75 to place in a tie for 30th at 159 (84-75). Caroline Heustess concluded the tournament for Upstate in a tie for 55th place after improving her first round score by six strokes for an 83 and a combined score of 172 (89-83).
Boston College won the Lady EagleCat Invitational by 10 strokes over co-host Bethune-Cookman at 582. Lois Kaye Go of Boston College held off teammate Ailin Li and Bethune-Cookman's Mackenzie Butler by two strokes to take home individual medalist honors at 3-under 141.
The Spartans travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mar. 18-19 to compete in the Low Country Intercollegiate at Moss Creek Golf Club.
- Upstate recorded its best finish of the season at the Lady EagleCat Invitational. The Spartans closed out their fall schedule by placing seventh at the Winthrop Intercollegiate.
- The 306 carded by Upstate on Friday was the third-lowest turned in by any team in the second round, and is tied for fifth-lowest by the team this season. The Spartans have had rounds of 306 twice at the CSU Fall Invitational and Jacksonville Classic.
- Chanthaphaeng and Heustess posted the best finish of their careers, while Paksanont had her third top-10 finish of the season. Dermody also collected her best individual performance of the season.
- Upstate wrapped up tournament play tied for third in par 3 scoring (3.47 stroke average), tied for fifth in par 4 scoring (4.38 stroke average) and seventh in par 5 scoring (5.28 stroke average).
- The Spartans also finished third among the tournament field with 111 pars and tied for seventh with nine birdies. The team had five birdies on Friday led by two from Culler, while Chanthaphaeng, Pakasanont and Dermody each contributed one.
- Chanthaphaeng ranked tied for third in par 4 scoring (E, 4.00 stroke average) and tied for eighth in par 3 scoring (+1, 3.25 stroke average).
- Paksanont was tied for fourth at the tournament in par 5 scoring at 1-under par with a 4.75 stroke average.
- Dermody and Culler were tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, in pars. Dermody collected 22 for the tournament and Culler 21.