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Saints take the lead at DII Championship, Gamecocks advance, Tigers season ends

Limestone moved to the top of the team leader board and now holds a 2-shot lead going into the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Division II Championship.

The Saints shot a 1-under par 287 total in the second round to hold a 4-shot lead over Lynn and 13 shots over the University of Indianapolis. The three teams will be in the final grouping in the final stroke play round.

Individually, Pilar Echeverria from Indianapolis is tied with Helen Kreuzer from Lynn for the individual lead. Both golfers have shot identical 1-under par rounds each day to stand at 2-under par.

Limestone’s Ebbe Hellman is tied for third place at even par. Her teammates Pilar Martinez and Taylor Oberparleiter are tied for fifth place at 3-over par.

Anderson University’s Emma Charles , playing as an individual, is tied for 50th place after 36 holes.

Limestone senior Pilar Martinez shot a 1-under par 71 to help the Saints take the lead at the NCAA Division II National Championship. (Saints Photo)

After the final stroke play round is completed on Thursday a medalist will be honored and the top-eight teams will begin a match play tournament to determine the Division II team champion.

NCAA Division II Scoring from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22823

The top ranked Gamecocks survived a playoff with Arkansas to advance to the NCAA Finals. USC was the sixth and final team to advance from the Louisville Regional. (Gamecock Photo)

Gamecocks win playoff to advance to national championship

The top ranked women’s team in the country hasn’t looked like the best team in their last two tournaments, but the Gamecocks saved their best for last.

South Carolina, which exited the SEC championship early in match play, barely held on to the last qualifying spot at the NCAA Regional in Louisville.

The Gamecocks posted the worst single round score of any of the six teams advancing to the finals when they carded a 298 total in the final round.

The 10-over par score dropped the Gamecocks into a tie with Arkansas for the last spot to advance to the finals.

On the playoff hole, the #1 team in the country finally played like they were expected. With all five golfers scores counting, the Gamecocks made three birdies in the first group off the tee to stay even with the Razorbacks.

The number 1 player in the country Pauline Roussin-Bouchard matched Arkansas’ Brooke Matthews with an eagle in the second group before senior Ana Pelaez made the final birdie to give the Gamecocks a chance to keep their season going.

Pelaez finished as the top individual USC golfer coming in 12th place.

Number 8 Florida State won the region by 3-shots over 16th ranked Texas. Also advancing to the finals were 25th ranked UCLA, 9th ranked Auburn, 32nd ranked Michigan State and number 1 ranked South Carolina in the final spot.

Furman’s Anna Morgan, playing as an individual finished the tournament at 2-over par in a tie for 16th place. Teammates Madison Moosa finished in a tie for 45th and Sarah-Eve Rheaume was 80th.

USC Upstate’s Beem Pabsimma finished tied for 34th at the NCAA Louisville Regional

Beem Pabsimma, the first USC Upstate golfer to play in an NCAA Division I Regional shot her best round of the tournament carding a 1-over par 73.

The Spartan golfer was the Big South individual champion.

She finished in a tie with six other golfers for 34th place. Among the other 6 were the Gamecocks #1 ranked player in the country Roussin-Bouchard.

The College of Charleston finished 15th in the Regional

The Gamecocks advance to the NCAA Championship on May 21 at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona

Louisville Regional Scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22915

Clemson finishes 10th at Columbus Regional

Clemson posted their best round of the Columbus Regional, but it was not good enough to move the Tigers out of the 10th spot on the scoreboard.

The Tigers shot a 9-over par 297 to finish 10th.

Georgia won the regional by 15 shots over Duke and Arrizona with an 1-over par 865 total.

The Bulldogs Jenny Bea was the regional medalist 4-under par 212.

Clemson’s Ivy Shepherd was the top Tiger in the field finishing in a tie for 22nd at 6-over par.

Coastal Carolina finished 14th in the Regional.

Columbus Regional scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22913

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