POOLER, Ga. -- The USC Beaufort women's golf team wrapped up its best finish in the NAIA National Championships since 2010 on Friday, as the Sand Sharks tied for ninth place at Savannah Quarters Country Club.
The Sand Sharks posted a team score of 320 in Friday's final round to finish with a four-day total of 1264 and tie with Texas Wesleyan.
Junior Lina Sekerkova led the way with the highest individual finish in program history, finishing at 15-over-par 303 to tie for seventh and earn all-tournament team honors. Sekerkova (73-77-79-74--303) capped her excellent week with birdies on her final two holes to help USCB solidify its best finish since placing seventh in 2010.
"I'm thrilled with Lina's performance," USCB coach Alexis Bennett said in a release. "She went from not making the lineup in the fall to making USCB history this week. I'm not surprised, though, because she deserves it with the work she has put in."
The Sand Sharks were one of three Sun Conference teams to place in the top 10 along with champion Northwood (1211) and host SCAD Savannah (1233), which tied for second with William Woods and Dalton State.
Senior Tori DeGroodt (81-75-80-79--315) capped her outstanding four-year career at USCB with a tie for 40th, while Hilton Head's Samantha O'Donnell (84-79-80-84--327) wrapped up her strong four-year career with the Sand Sharks by tying for 63rd. DeGroodt played in the national championships four times in her career, while O'Donnell did so three times.
Freshman Franzi Knoetsch (79-75-82-83--319) tied for 54th and fellow freshman Emily Turner (85-83-89-89--346) finished 89th to round out USCB's lineup.
USCB will return four of its top six players next season and Bennett has put together another strong recruiting class.
"This week contained a lot of ups and downs for us," Alexis Bennett said. "Our goal going in was very clear and we didn't quite meet expectations, but we definitely made another step in the right direction and proved we can compete at the national level."