HANAHAN, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior Emelie Flink carded a one-over par 73 to lead the Bucs on the final day of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club. CSU finished 21st as a team in an elite field featuring foes from the SEC, ACC and Big Ten.
North Carolina overtook Furman, the round one and two leader, to win the team title at 26-under par 838. The Paladins finished eight strokes behind, while Wake Forest took third at 13-under par. The Tar Heels' Kelly Whaley recorded a final round 68 to surge to 11-under and claim individual honors.
Flink and Hayley McNeill placed in a tie for 70th with a three-round total of eight-over par. McNeill, along with Milleina Ohara, highlighted the Bucs' day with hole outs for eagle on the par-five 15th. McNeill found the hole from over 100 yards out and Ohara dropped one in from 40 yards out on a pitch.
CSU senior Shelby Thompson, who earned all-tournament honors in each of the Bucs' first two events, tallied a solid two-over par final round score that included a one-under front nine. Head coach Matt Cram-Smith is looking forward to his team rebounding next Monday at the Pinehurst Challenge Invitational at Pinehurst No. 1 in North Carolina.
"It was a much tougher day out there today with the wind really picking up and some tough pin placements," Cram-Smith said. "Emelie and Shelby were pretty solid today and finished their rounds well. We just hit it in some wrong spots out there and made it hard for ourselves. We did have some great hole outs for eagle on the 15th from Haley and Milleina form 105 and 40 yards."
"We'll take some positives out of this event and the girls got to see some of the best teams in the country and how those teams aren't all that much better than we are," Cram-Smith continued. "I know we'll bounce back at Pinehurst next week."