USC Beaufort

USCB women finish 3rd; men in tie for 2nd

From staff reports

The USC Beaufort women's golf team improved by two shots but slipped one spot in the team standings after the final round of the Start2Finish Webber Classic on Monday at Lake Wales (Fla.) Country Club.

The 14th-ranked Sand Sharks followed up their opening 333 with a team score of 331 in Monday's final round, but Centre College posted the day's best score of 321 to vault past USCB into second place.

Florida Southern, the No. 2 team in NCAA Division II, finished with a team score of 643 to win by 13 shots. Florida Southern's Marianne Andersson won the individual title by eight shots, shooting 2-over-par 146 for the 36-hole event.

Kelli Nakano led the Sand Sharks with a two-day score of 161, good for sixth place. All five USCB players finished in the top 15, as Adriana Saavedra was 12th, Phyllis Langley was 13th, and Kendra Collins and Sophie Henke tied for 14th.

The Sand Sharks' next tournament is the Armstrong Atlantic Lady Pirate Invitational on March 7-8 at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

USCB MEN TIED FOR SECOND

The second-ranked Sand Shark men got off to a lackluster start by their standards, posting a team score of 315, but they're still tied for second place and within 10 shots of the lead at the midway point of the Coastal Georgia Men's Invitational at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.

After winning their last four tournaments of the fall season, USCB coach Chris Cuneo called Monday's first round, "one of the higher team totals we've had in my recollection," but he said the Sand Sharks aren't out of it yet. They're tied with SCAD Savannah and host College of Coastal Georgia, and that trio is 10 shots behind Shorter College.

"We have some work to do," Cuneo said. "We still have some rust to knock off. With the way we played last fall, it's tough to lay off and then think we can pick it right up again."

Senior Jon Pannone didn't drop off much, though, carding a 2-over-par 74 to sit in second place, one shot off the lead. Newcomer Jordan Carpenter followed with a 77, Jack Bingham shot 81, and Luke McClellan and George Thacker posted 83.

The final round is today.

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