NINETY SIX, S.C. - Charleston Southern senior Emelie Flink finished in tenth place to lead the Bucs to a fourth-place showing Saturday at the Big South Conference Championship. Flink's classmate, Hayley McNeill, was named to the all-conference team for the second straight year in a post-tournament awards ceremony at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.
Campbell cruised to the team title with a 54-hole tally of 13-over par 877. The Fighting Camels bested second-place Winthrop by 37 shots, third-place High Point by 40 and fourth-place CSU by 43. The Bucs entered the final round alone in second place but struggled to a +21 309 to fall two spots in the nine-team field.
Campbell's Isabell Ekstrom posted her second consecutive two-under 70 to claim medalist honors at -3 overall. The Camels' Stacey White finished runner-up at level par.
Milleina Ohara (T-11th), Daniela Intriago (T-16th) and Andriel Aimua (T-19th) added top-20 finishes to pace coach Matt Cram-Smith's Bucs. Intriago recorded a three-over 75 for CSU's best third round score.
"We just didn't quite get off to the start we needed to and it was a struggle to make putts today," Cram-Smith said afterward. "I absolutely can't fault the effort, though, from all of our ladies. They never quit and had great attitudes so to end up fourth is just the way it goes sometimes. We battled."
Saturday's round also marked the final 18 holes of the careers of Flink, McNeill and Ohara at CSU.
"I can't say enough positives about our seniors," Cram-Smith said. "Throughout their careers, they've worked hard and represented CSU and themselves at the highest level, both on the course and in the classroom. I wish for them we could've finished with a conference title but it wasn't meant to be. We will definitely miss those three in our program."
Intriago went out at level par to help CSU stay in contention for a runner-up finish. Flink, Ohara and Aimua all shot 78 but did settle down on the back side with +2 efforts.
McNeill, a psychology major with a 3.7 GPA, was also tabbed to the All-Academic Team.