Kiawah Island, S.C. – Playing in cold and windy conditions, USC Upstate shot its lowest round of the tournament in the final round, carding a 328 to finish 28th in the largest tournament in women's college golf at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic Tuesday afternoon.
Amanda Hall led Upstate again on Tuesday, shooting a 77 for her second consecutive round in the 70's. She lowered her score in each round of the tournament and finished tied for 70th with a 236 total in a field of 192 players.
"It was a very strong and large field, and for Amanda to finish right up there with the top two players from each team was very good," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "The weather made things very difficult, but she kept her focus on what she needed to do to play her best. She got better with each round and adjusted with the things she needed to do."
Upstate was one of 36 teams in the tournament field, the largest women's college golf tournament in the country. Among the 36 teams were six squads ranked in the Top 100 in the nation. The teams started the final round with the temperature hovering at 35 degrees and in a steady, cold wind.
Upstate's 328 Tuesday gave the Spartans a 990 tournament total. They moved up three spots on the leaderboard from where they started the final round Tuesday morning. Upstate was two strokes back of Towson in 27th and 10 strokes out of a Top 25 finish.
"They (Upstate's players) did a good job of staying focused on keeping their hands warm and focusing on each shot," said Lawton. "We had a conservative approach, which we needed in the cold and windy conditions. It wasn't the best round, but it was pretty good considering the conditions we were playing in. I'm excited about what is ahead of us."
Kent State won the tournament with an 892 total and was followed in the Top 10 by Penn State (906), High Point (907), Chattanooga (908), Jacksonville State (910), Arkansas State (913), Troy (913), College of Charleston (914), North Florida (918) and Elon (920).
Hall made two birdies in her round, both coming on her first nine holes of the day. She was steady in her final nine, making seven pars and carding a pair of bogeys. Allea Hawkins and Malika Allie each shot 83 for the second and third countable scores Tuesday. Hawkins also lowered her score in each round of the tournament. Rachel Reiling, who led the Spartans with a 76 in the first round, finished with an 85 in the final round for the fourth countable score. Kinsey Soniat, playing in her first collegiate tournament, carded a 96 in the final round.
Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee and Boston College's Katia Joo shared medalist honors with a 4-under-par 220 total.