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HANAHAN, S.C. – It’s an event the program has hosted for the past 11 consecutive years, and this time around, the College of Charleston women’s golf team made their presence felt and known.

 Amongst a strong field that featured seven of the nation’s preseason top 30 teams, the Cougars didn’t let those rankings stand in the way of turning in three great rounds of golf at Yeamans Hall Club.

 CofC shot 3-under for the tournament to record its best finish in Cougar Classic history by finishing third with a three-round score of 289-285-287—861. It bested its previous finish of eighth in 2010.

 

The Cougars, led by lone senior Kathryn Miranda (Lexington, S.C.), were only two strokes back from Golfweek No. 14-ranked Florida, who finished at 5-under (859) and became the second back-to-back champion in tournament history next to Georgia in 2008 and 2009.

 

“It was a great event for us,” CofC Head Coach Jamie Futrell said. “We were only behind Florida by two strokes and one back from Clemson. We beat a lot of SEC, ACC and Big Ten schools. This is pretty much as good of a weekend that I could imagine we could have without winning.”

 

Only two of the squad’s top 10 players are upperclassmen with two talented freshmen who made their collegiate debuts this weekend and contributed to the team’s finish.

 

“We knew that we were good, but we didn’t know we were going to be that good this early,” Futrell said. “To shatter team records our first time out, gives a us a lot to work on for the rest of the season. Now, we have to live up to what we’ve done here, but I’m much happier doing that than trying to work our way up to this point during the season.”

 

The Gators shot the 10th-lowest score in Cougar Classic history with their 5-under 859. Florida junior Anna Young claimed the individual title by firing a bogey-free 67 on the final day to finish with an overall score of 5-under.

 

Miranda and sophomore Mary Chandler Bryan (Chapin, S.C.) had the best weekends of the Cougar players as they both posted three-round scores of 215 (-1).

 

“We all played well together as a team and I thought it was great that the individuals came out to root us on which helped everyone shoot lower,” said Bryan, who was the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament Runner-Up as a freshman. “Everyone is really excited and ready to work hard to see what we can do. This was the first tournament where we’ve really been in contention for a while and I think getting past the nerves of this tournament will help a lot going into the next tournament.”

 

No. 21 Clemson (-4), No. 25 NC State (-1) and No. 30 Mississippi State (+7) rounded out the top five in team competition. Other ranked teams included No. 19 Baylor (+24) in 12th, No. 20 South Carolina (+8) in sixth and No. 24 LSU (+23) in 11th.

 

CofC held the lead for part of the day early, after Clemson led by six strokes after the second round. The Cougars’ second-round 285 was the second-lowest in program history, while their first (289) and third (287) rounds fourth-best and third-best respectively.

 

Miranda tied her season-low with her 2-under 70 to finish in a two-way tie for eighth with teammate Bryan. Sophomore Morgan Webber (Moore, S.C.) shot her career-low round with a 3-under 69 in Monday’s second round and ended up tied for 19th at 2-over.

 

“We all played really well and it was a very solid tournament for us,” Miranda said. “Finishing in third gives us a lot of momentum and we now know what we’re capable of. Our next tournament is at Tennessee next weekend and we’re very excited for that.”

 

Freshman Laura Fuenfstueck (Frankfurt, Germany) also tied for 13th with a three-round score of 217 (+1).

 

Up next, the Cougars will make their first-ever appearance at the Mercedes Benz Invitational hosted by the University of Tennessee on Sept. 20-22 at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

 

“We head to the Mercedes-Benz next in Tennessee,” Futrell said. “It will be another tough field like this, but now we know that we can compete against them. We didn’t know that coming into this tournament, but we know now and are excited to play in Knoxville.”

 

Cougar Classic Final Round Notes: Kathryn Miranda was 2-under with four birdies and two bogies…Laura Fuenfstueck and Mary Chandler Bryan shot even par and each had three birdies and three bogies…Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany) played better than she did in her first two rounds and was 3-under going into the back nine, before going 4-over on the back…Florida shot the seventh-best round in Cougar Classic history on the final day with a 7-under 281…Two players, Brittany Marchand of NC State and Ally McDonald of Mississippi State, shot 66 on the first day which tied for the second-lowest round in tournament history…Anna Young of Florida won individually with a 5-under 211.

 

11TH ANNUAL COUGAR CLASSIC

Sept. 8-10, 2013

Yeamans Hall Club

Par 72 - 6,204 yards

at Hanahan, S.C.

 

FINAL TEAM RESULTS

1   Florida.......................       291 287 281       859      -5

2   Clemson.......................       285 282 293       860      -4

3   College of Charleston.........       289 285 287       861      -3

4   NC State......................       287 287 289       863      -1

5   Miss. State...................       282 291 298       871      +7

6   South Carolina................       285 298 289       872      +8

7   Wake Forest...................       287 294 298       879     +15

8   Auburn........................       295 295 291       881     +17

9   Tennessee.....................       299 296 288       883     +19

10  Wisconsin.....................       298 292 294       884     +20

11  LSU...........................       295 291 301       887     +23

12  Baylor........................       289 299 300       888     +24

13  Penn State....................       299 302 296       897     +33

14  Mississippi...................       305 297 298       900     +36

15  Missouri......................       302 302 304       908     +44

16  Furman........................       298 312 300       910     +46

17  Coastal Carolina..............       303 305 306       914     +50

18  Maryland......................       299 306 310       915     +51

19  UNCG..........................       314 319 316       949     +85

20  Charleston Southern...........       329 324 314       967    +103

 

TOP 20 INDIVIDUAL AND COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON FINAL RESULTS

1    Anna Young..................... Florida.......................     73 71 67       211      -5

T2   Ashlan Ramsey.................. Clemson.......................     72 69 71       212      -4

T2   Brittany Marchand.............. NC State......................     66 77 69       212      -4

T2   Sloan Shanahan................. Clemson.......................     69 69 74       212      -4

5    Ally McDonald.................. Miss. State...................     66 72 75       213      -3

T6   Karolina Vlckova............... Florida.......................     73 73 68       214      -2

T6   Justine Dreher*................ South Carolina................     71 73 70       214      -2

T8   Kathryn Miranda................ College of Charleston.........     74 71 70       215      -1

T8   Mary Chandler Bryan............ College of Charleston.........     72 71 72       215      -1

T10  Kimberly Dinh.................. Wisconsin.....................     73 69 74       216       E

T10  Victoria Trapani............... Auburn........................     71 74 71       216       E

T10  Samantha Swinehart............. South Carolina................     69 72 75       216       E

T13  Augusta James.................. NC State......................     72 70 75       217      +1

T13  Laura Fuenfstueck.............. College of Charleston.........     71 74 72       217      +1

T13  Maria Torres................... Florida.......................     70 71 76       217      +1

T13  Marissa Dodd................... Wake Forest...................     68 75 74       217      +1

T13  Caroline Nistrup............... LSU...........................     73 72 72       217      +1

T13  Vivian Tsui.................... NC State......................     75 70 72       217      +1

T19  Ellen Ceresko.................. Penn State....................     76 74 68       218      +2

T19  Mary L. Gallagher.............. Miss. State...................     69 74 75       218      +2

T19  Ana Menendez................... NC State......................     74 70 74       218      +2

T19  Lauren Salazar................. Clemson.......................     71 72 75       218      +2

T19  Morgan Webber.................. College of Charleston.........     72 69 77       218      +2

T59  Vici Dreschler*................ College of Charleston.........     71 78 78       227     +11

T64  CC Buford*..................... College of Charleston.........     76 74 78       228     +12

T69  Julia Neumann.................. College of Charleston.........     78 78 73       229     +13

T83  Louise Olsson*................. College of Charleston.........     75 77 81       233     +17

T101 Stacey Tomlinson*.............. College of Charleston.........     82 82 78       242     +26

 

*competing as an individual

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