The Limestone men and women’s teams won the Conference Carolinas championships at Bryan Park near Greensboro.
The Saint’s women’s team made it a three-peat by rallying from a difficult start in the final round to finish 15 shots ahead of Pfeiffer University.
The Limestone men never were pressured in the men’s tournament and won by 27 shots to claim their second straight Conference crown. The 54 hole score was the lowest of the season for the conference champions.
“What a dominant week for our men’s golf team,” said Limestone coach Zack Siefert. “Winning last year was special, but this year I feel these seniors and this team are just getting started,” he said.
Conference Player of the Year Griffin Brown led the Saints. The senior held the lead going into the final round before dropping back to finish in third place.
Senior Matt Mullarkey and sophomore Will Woodard each tied for fourth place. The Saints also place their final two golfers in the top-ten. Junior Cabrick Waters finished in a T-7th and senior Clayton Presant finished 10th.
“The difference maker is Will Woodard,” said Siefert. “He gives us a different mentality and a little more intensity out there. Matt, Cabe and Clayton continued to do exactly what they have done all year and that is be every day contributors,” added the coach.
Nick Stafford of Belmont Abbey claimed medalist honors with John Thatch of Mount Olive finishing second. Paul Fitzgerald and Jonathan Costello of Erskine earned top-10 finishes for the Flying Fleet.
In the men’s team tournament Mount Olive was third with Erskine fourth and North Greenville finishing in sixth place.
The women’s team entered the final round with an 11 stroke lead over Converse College, but a bad start almost brought the rest of the field back into the tournament.
The five Saint’s golfers gave up 11 shots on the first three holes before rallying to win the championship by 15 shots.
Senior Taylor McInnis finished a shot behind individual champion Amanda Kloberg of Pfeiffer. McInnis’s 54 hole total of 225 was the best three round score of her career.
Krysta Schaus of Erskine was third followed by Limestone’s Sydney Landreth in fourth and Alex Bruce of Converse in fifth place. Hannah Luckett posted the best final round for the Saints to move into the top-10.
“I can’t say enough about Taylor and Hannah as captains, leaders and now three-time conference champions. Sydney Landreth finally had the tournament we have been waiting on her to have. She played fearless and with a purpose this week,” said Siefert.
Sisters Reme and Noe Cortes finished 14th and 15th respectively to help the Saints to a convincing victory.
Both the men and the women’s teams now must wait for an invitation to the NCAA Division II Regionals. The men’s team appears to be in good position for an invitation while the women’s team is on the bubble to receive their first ever invitation to post season play.
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Pictures courtesy of Limestone College
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