Franzi Knoetsch notched her second victory in as many fall starts, and all four USC Beaufort teammates also placed in the top 10 Tuesday as the Sand Sharks ran away with the team crown by 32 strokes at the Converse Fall Invitational in Spartanburg.
Knoetsch fired the low score of both rounds, following up her opening even-par 72 with a 74 at Carolina Country Club to finish four shots ahead of her nearest pursuer. The junior from Germany now owns three wins in her USCB career, including last week’s Coastal Georgia Fall Invitational after a final-round washout.
USCB freshman Bianca Porta finished third, five shots behind Knoetsch after a closing 77, and junior Moa Kristenson was fifth after an 80. Vanessa Schloo placed seventh and Emily Turner 10th.
The Sand Sharks, the only NAIA school in the field, led by 20 strokes after the opening round and finished with a two-day total of 605. Newberry was next at 637.
“The girls played solid, accurate golf both days,” USCB coach Kristyl Sunderman said. “The course was narrow, and they were able to pick up many strokes on the field with their accuracy. I’m just so proud of them all.”