Women’s golf earns best finish of season at Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championships

Ray Strickland

The women’s golf team shot 28-over-par and finished in third place Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Flashes shot 13-over-par in the final round. South Carolina outlasted tournament host Tennessee as well as Kent State, shooting 13-over-par for the entire tournament.

“It was a good week this week, they did a lot of good things,” Kent State coach Greg Robertson said. “I think we are really close to doing some good things.”

Senior Jennifer Ha and sophomore Wad Phaewchimplee finished in the top ten. Phaewchimplee completed the tournament in seventh place, shooting 6-over-par, and Ha finished tied for eighth at 7-over-par. Ha shot 5-over-par in the final round and Phaewchimplee shot a 3-over-par final round score.

“They have been playing solid all year for us,” Robertson said of Phaewchimplee’s and Ha’s performances. “I think it helps out the other three in the lineup.”

Junior Taylor Kim and senior Natalie Goodson both concluded the tournament in the top 20. Kim shot 1-over-par with the best score in the final round, finishing in 17th place.

Goodson shot 4-over-par in the final round and finished 9-over-par overall, tying for 15th. Sophomore Raksha Phadke was 8-over-par tied for 41st place.

Playing as an individual, junior Josée Doyon shot 5-over–par in the final round, tying for 45thplace.

The Flashes will travel to Boerne, Texas, on November 2-4 to compete in the Jim West Challenge.

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