USC Beaufort freshman Blanca Porta closed out her stay at the Sun Conference tournament with an even-par 72, grabbing a share of runner-up honors Tuesday and helping the Sand Sharks rally to finish third in the team competition.
Blanca turned in the second-lowest round of the day at Grasslands Golf & Country Club, finishing at 9-over 225 to finish tied with Keiser’s Elsa Westin for second among individuals. Keiser’s Caroline Retabi ran away with medalist honors, finishing three rounds at 2-over 218.
Franzi Knoetsch carded a 76 and Emily Turner turned in a 79 as the Sand Sharks posted a 307 team score on the final day, overtaking Southeastern for third place.
Keiser cruised to the team title with a 908 total, eight shots clear of SCAD Savannah. USCB was another eight shots back at 924, as Knoetsch tied for fifth individually and joined Porta on the all-conference roster.
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The Sand Sharks now await next week’s announcement of qualifiers for the NAIA National Championship, set to begin May 23 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. USCB has posted top-10 finishes each of the past two seasons, including a tie for eighth a year ago.