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USC and USC Upstate golfers win conference titles

A South Carolina golfer and one from USC Upstate both are celebrating individual victories in each of their conference tournaments.

In Birmingham, at the Graystone Country Club, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard was the medalist in the SEC Championship. Rousin-Bouchard is the top ranked GolfStat Poll player in college golf.

At The Patriot, in Ninety Six, USC Upstate’s Beem Pabssima took the top spot at the Big South Championship to become the first Spartan women’s golfer to qualify to play in an NCAA Regional.

Gamecock Pauline Roussin-Bouchard won the SEC stroke play title by 3 shots. The USC sophomore from France shot 17-under par for the 54 hole tournament. (Gamecock Twitter Photo)

Roussin-Bouchard finished her final round with an eagle 3 on the last hole to hold off LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad and claim the conference individual championship by 3-shots.

Lindblad almost caught the Gamecock golfer. The # 4 GolfStat ranked player shot the best round of the tournament carding an 8-under par 64 without a bogey on her card.

After wrapping up the win Roussin-Bouchard said she struggled a little in the final round, but it didn’t show up on her scorecard. In the 54 hole event the Gamecock sophomore from France only had 2-bogeys and 1 double.

“I’m really happy with the way I handled my game and myself on the course,” said Roussin-Bouchard. “Since we didn’t have the SEC championship last year I was thrilled about this week. I couldn’t wait for it and now that I’m here with the team it is just an amazing feeling winning it,” she said.

As a team the Gamecocks played well in the final round, but LSU played much better. The Gamecocks started the final round in second place and finished in second.

LSU shot a lights-out 18 under par for a new SEC Championship record of 46-under par and wrapped up the top seed for the 8-team match play tournament to determine the SEC’s team champion.

In the Match Play championship South Carolina was stunned by Alabama in a first round match. The Crimson Tide upset the top-seeded Gamecocks 3-1-1.

Even with the early exit from SEC Match Play the Gamecocks ranking should make the team a top seed in one of the four women’s NCAA Regionals that begin on May 10th.

Auburn won the SEC team title with a sweep of Mississippi State. It was the tenth team title for the Tigers.

SEC Tournament scores from GolfStat

http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=21786

Upstate sophomore Beem Pabsimma becomes the first Spartan women’s golfer to earn a trip to an NCAA Regional. Pabsimma was the medalist at the Big South Championship played at The Patriot in Ninety Six, SC. (USC Upstate Twitter Photo)

USC Upstate’s Beem Pabsimma made some history for the Spartanburg school when she won the individual title at the Big South Championship.

Pabsimma led the final two rounds to claim a 3-shot victory over Anna Nordfors from Campbell and medalist honors at the 54 hole championship.

The Upstate golfer from Thailand started the final round with a one shot lead over Nordfors, but when the Campbell golfer doubled the first hole it opened a door for Pabsimma to enlarge her lead.

Nordfors however, was able to work her way back to even with Pabsimma on the front nine, but the Campbell golfer suffered 3-straight bogeys at the turn to give Pabsimma the breathing room she needed to go on and record the win.

It was the first college win for Pabsimma who had a hard time putting into words what the victory meant to her.

“I’m just so happy I don’t know what to say,” said Pabsimma. “I want to thank coach (Todd Lawton) and my teammates for supporting me. It means so much,” she added.

With the individual title Pabsimma earned an invitation to an NCAA Regional. The Spartan golfer will receiver her assignment at a later date. The NCAA Regionals begin on May 10th at four sites around the country.

Campbell held on to the top spot in the stroke play portion of the tournament and had the top-seed in match play.

The second seeded Spartans lost in a first round match to Gardner-Webb.

Campbell defeated Gardner-Webb for the Match Play title.

Big South scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=22171

Duke wins ACC Match Play championship

Led by medalist Gina Kim Duke earned the top seed for the ACC Women’s Match Play championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro and then went on to win the Match Play title with a sweep of Florida State.

The Blue Devils came from behind to finish 3-shots in front of Wake Forest in the stroke play portion of the conference championship.

Kim shot a final round 3-under par 69 to finish the 54 holes at 10-under par, 206 and a three shot margin over FSU’s Beatrice Wallin. Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn from Asheville finished third at 211.

Clemson matched their first round score of 293 to finish at 26-over par and move up to sixth place.

The Tigers Ivy Shepherd and Savannah Grewal finished in a tie for 16th place with two other golfers.

After the ACC Tournament the Tigers were ranked 32nd in the Golfweek College Poll which should earn the Tigers an invitation to an NCAA Regional.

The ACC Match Play team championship was won by Duke as the Blue Devils blanked FSU to win the school’s 22nd ACC Women’s Golf title.

ACC Scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22384

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