The new college golf season began this month and a couple of teams and a few individuals posted wins to get the season off to a good start.
Anderson women and Freeman win at Cobb’s Glen
The Anderson University women’s team made it three in a row as the Trojans won their own Invitational championship at Cobb’s Glen.
Anderson was led by freshman Anna Freeman who shot identical rounds of 75 to claim the individual title by 2-shots over Sandra Brink from Catawba.
Freeman was joined on the top of the leader board by all four of her teammates.
First round leader Kerington Lamb tied with Victoria Hall and freshman Emma Charles for the fifth spot.
Kate Hill, the defending champion, finished in eighth to help the Trojans win the team title by 25 shots.
Southern Wesleyan wins Anderson Invitational
The Southern Wesleyan men made up a four stroke deficit in the second round to move ahead of Anderson to win the men’s portion of the Anderson University Invitational.
The Warriors finished four shots in front of the home team Trojans and eight shots in front of the third place Flying Fleet from Erskine.
Last year the Warriors Eric Shea set an individual record when he won the individual title. This year Shea shared the championship with Anderson freshman Reece Coleman.
Coleman held a share of the first round lead by shooting a 4-under par 68 in his first college tournament round.
Shea carded a second round 3-under par 69 to catch Coleman and tie for medalist honors.
Southern Wesleyan’s Noah Mullens matched Shea’s 3-under par final round to move up to a tie for fourth place.
Carter Rains, Thomas Nielson and Zach Huebner helped the Warriors to the victory in their first tournament of the season.
“I couldn’t be happier with how our team performed this week,” said Warriors coach Joey Maxon. “To win both as a team and have the individual winner as well is amazing. I’m really excited about what this team can accomplish this season,” said the Southern Wesleyan coach.
Upstate men & women finish fourth at Golfweek Challenge
The Upstate men and women’s team each finished fourth in a pair of tournaments to start the Spartan’s new season.
Three Spartans set individual records in the opening round and helped the team set a new single round record.
Jordan Warnock, Hunter Fry and Sun Paripunna, shot a first round 272 total to break the old Upstate record of 277 set in 2011 and 2013.
Individually, Warnock tied for ninth place at 4-under par in the tournament played at the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club on Pawleys Island.
The Spartan women’s version of the tournament was played at True Blue in Myrtle Beach.
USC Upstate was led by Pan Paksanont who like the team finished in fourth place.
Wofford’s Earl is runner-up at the William & Mary Invitational
Terrier sophomore Becca Earl came within a shot of winning her second college tournament. The Wofford sophomore shot a three round total of 2-over par 218 to finish one shot out of the lead.
The Terrier team finished tied for fifth in the tournament played at the Kings Mill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The Wofford men’s team traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the Badger Invitational. Ryan Marter was the top Terrier in the tournament finishing in a tie for 29th.
Wofford, as a team, finished 14th in the tournament won by Notre Dame.
Lady Paladins tie for Fifth at Cougar Classic
Furman began the new season with a pair of freshmen in their lineup at the Cougar Classic being played at Yeaman’s Hall near Charleston.
Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Florida ran away from the field to take the top three places. The Lady Paladins finished at 2-under par in a tie with Central Florida for fifth place.
Anna Morgan from Spartanburg and Carolina Wrigley from Pennsylvania saw their first tournament action as Lady Paladin golfers.
Morgan shot an opening round 1-under par 71 and had her score count in all three rounds of the tournament finishing in a tie for 29th.
Fellow freshman Caroline Wrigley from Wexford, PA. had her best round in the final round carding a 2-under par 70 to finish in a tie for 34th place.
Senior Natalie Srinivasan shot an opening round 68 and finished in a tie for 16th place to be the top Lady Paladin in the field.
College of Charleston senior Victoria Huskey from Greenville tied for seventh place.
The Furman men were scheduled to play in the Battle at Briar’s Creek at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek. The hurricane threat along the coast near Charleston forced the tournament to be cancelled.
Gamecocks fifth, Tigers seventh at Carpet Classic
Kyle Cottam had the best score for a Clemson golfer at the Carpet Classic.
Unfortunately, Cottam was playing as an individual in the event. His 214 total earned the Tiger senior a third place finish.
The Clemson team’s top performance was turned in by Colby Patton who finished in a tie for 21st place as the Tigers finished in a tie for seventh place.
South Carolina finished at 19 over par to claim a tie for fifth place in the 15 team event played at The Farm Golf Club in Dalton, Georgia.
Gamecock senior Jamie Wilson shot a final round 4-under par 68 to finish in a tie for fourth place.
Georgia Tech won the team title by 20 shots while the Yellow Jacket’s Luke Schniederjans won the individual title by five shots to finish at 9-under par.
Phillips finishes third at Carmel Cup
Georgia’s Trent Phillips from Boiling Springs finished in a tie for third place at the first college tournament of the Fall Season.
It was the second straight year that the Bulldog sophomore finished third in the event.
Phillips shot rounds of 67-71 and 66 to finish three shots out of the lead.
The Bulldogs finished in fourth place in the eight team event played at Pebble Beach.