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Belmont Abbey is Conference Carolina Tournament champions

Belmont Abbey is the Conference Carolinas team champion. The Crusaders included Lauren Denhard, Jenna Nagy, Morgan Comer, Hannah Bailey, Yen Xuan Ong. Nagy was the individual runner-up in the tournament played at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg. (Conference Carolina photo)

Belmont Abbey opened the 54 hole Conference Carolinas championship with a 304 total to take a 6-shot lead over Mount Olive and enlarged their lead every day.

The Crusaders went on to record a 13 shot victory over the field and the tournament championship.

The Knights added to their first round lead shooting a second round 314 to pick up 2-more shots on the field.

Belmont Abbey wrapped up the win with a final round that added 8-shots to their margin of victory over second place Mount Olive University.

The Knights finished at 941 while Mount Olive ended up with a 954 total. Emmanuel College finished third.

Emma Leclercq from Mount Olive was the Conference Carolina’s Medalist and was also named the Tournament MVP. (GolfClub Photo)
Belmont Abbey’s Jenna Nagy got within a shot of the individual lead on the final three holes, but was never able to get closer and finished as the tournament runner-up. (GolfClub Photo)

The individual title was a battle till the final few holes of the final round.

Belmont Abbey’s Jenna Nagy held the first round lead by a shot over Mount Olive’s Emma Leclercq after carding an even par 72.

After the second round Nagy and Leclercq ended up even after Nagy posted a 2-over par 74 and Leclercq shot her second straight 1-over par 73.

Both golfers had trouble with big numbers in the final round.

Nagy started her round with a double bogey, bogey and triple bogey to be 6-over par after 4-holes.

Leclercq carded one double bogey on the front side. She was able to build her lead up to 6-shots with 8 straight pars before she suffered her second double bogey on the 12th hole.

Nagy birdied the hole and Leclercq’s lead was cut in half.

The Mount Olive golfer held a 3-shot lead until she carded her third double bogey of the round on the par-4 16th hole.

Leclercq’s lead was down to one shot and it stayed that way after both golfers bogeyed number 17.

On the final hole Leclercq was able to pick up a shot on Nagy with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole. Nagy made a par and Leclercq won medalist honors by 2-shots at 8-over par for the championship.

Anna Parramore from Erskine shot a final round 3-over 75 to move up to third place.

Sydney Grimes from Converse finished in a tie for 8th place and was named to the All-Tournament team. (GolfClub Photo)
Southern Wesleyan’s Emileigh Swords finished fourth and was named to the All-Tournament team. (GolfClub Photo)

Southern Wesleyan’s Emileigh Swords held on to the fourth place spot and helped her team to a fourth place finish.

Sidney Grimes from Converse College was the top golfer on the host team. Grimes finished in a tie for 8th place with Aleah Hylton from Emmanuel College.

The Conference honored Leclercq as the tournament MVP.

The All-Tournament team included Leclercq and Linn Anderson from Mount Olive, Nagy, Yen Xuan Ong and Morgan Comer from Belmont Abbey, Anna Parramore from Erskine, Emileigh Swords from Southern Wesleyan, Sydney Grimes from Converse, Aleah Hylton and Allie Cobb from Emmanuel.

Tournament scores are available from GolfStat

http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22506

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