NINETY SIX, S.C. – Charleston Southern dropped a pair of tightly contested matches on day one of the Blue Hose Match Play at The Patriot at Grand Harbor. Freshman Ellen Hume won both her matches in convincing fashion to continue a stellar first semester at CSU.
The Bucs fell to Big South rival Radford, 3.5-1.5, in their morning match before being edged 3-2 by The Citadel in the afternoon. Hume cruised to a 4&3 victory over Radford's Bea Mosquera Quintas, and then rolled to a 7&6 triumph over Citadel's Sarah Smith. Hume, who delivered a team-best T-21st finish last week at the Pinehurst Challenge, did not make a single bogey.
CSU senior Andriel Aimua recorded the other win for coach Matt Cram-Smith's squad with a 4&3 win over the Bulldogs' Ashlee Richardson. The Bucs will take on UNC Asheville Tuesday in their third and final match.
"We didn't get the results we were looking for today but there were definitely some bright spots," Cram-Smith said. "Ellen didn't make a bogey and is really playing well. Andriel really turned things around in the afternoon, which was nice to see. We'll get back after it and look for a strong finish tomorrow against Asheville."
CSU's match with Asheville is slated to begin off holes 14-18 at 8:30 a.m. This event is the first of its kind and features The Citadel and seven Big South Conference programs. Presbyterian is serving as host.