PINEHURST, N.C. – Charleston Southern freshman Ellen Hume posted a final round even-par 72 to surge into a tie for 21st place Tuesday at the Pinehurst Challenge. Hume birdied two of her last three holes at Pinehurst No. 6 to lead the Bucs to a 16th place finish.
North Florida overtook host College of Charleston for the team title thanks to a tournament-best two-over 290 final round. The Ospreys, at +14, bested the Cougars by two strokes behind individual champion Sydney Shrader. Shrader carded her third consecutive round in red numbers, a one-under 71, to finish -5 overall and five shots ahead of Jacksonville's Hannah Berman.
Hume's 72 helped CSU to its best team tally of the event. The London, England, native bumped up 13 spots to place in the top quarter of the 92-player field. Hume was +3 for the day through 11 holes before birdieing No's 6, 10 and 12 to close in style.
"Ellen played really well today to finish on a high note," said CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith. "To birdie of the last three holes, which were not easy, was impressive. We're excited to see her continue to grow and improve."
Senior Andriel Aimua (T-36th) chipped in a 76 to complete a solid showing. Aimua played a steady round with 15 pars, including nine in a row at one point.
Freshman Sarah Hameed showed some promise with a final round 78 highlighted by birdies at the par-four fourth and par-three 13th.
CSU continues a stretch of three tournaments in three weeks next Monday and Tuesday at the Blue Hose Match Play. Held at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C., it will give the Bucs a preview of the course that will play host to April's Big South Conference Championship.
"There were definitely some positives at Pinehurst despite some scores not being what we want," Cram-Smith said. "We're looking forward to our first ever match play event, which will be a great opportunity for us to experience that type of competition."