April 3, 2012

Hall Claims Top 25 Finish at Marsh Landing Invitational

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Sophomore Amanda Hall posted a team-best 73 in the final round of the Marsh Landing Invitational to move up on the leaderboard and claim a top 25 finish Tuesday afternoon at the Marsh Landing Country Club. Upstate finished 10th in the tournament after posting its best round of the event.

Upstate shot a 317 on Tuesday, rebounding from a 332 in the second round, to close within one shot of ninth place. The Spartans claimed 10th place with a 968 score.

"We played better than a 317," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "We didn't finish as strong as we started the round. Shooting 317 was really big for the team. We had a meeting last night and the team discussed with us their goals and what they wanted to do. They were so much more focused today. The mistakes we made in the second round, we didn't make today. The team was very positive throughout all three rounds, and the camaraderie was terrific."

Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) was strong Tuesday, posting a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Upstate cause. It was the second-lowest round shot in the field Tuesday and the lowest among scores that counted toward the team scores. She finished tied for 22nd with a 234 total.

"Amanda was really focused throughout the tournament," said Lawton. "She was focused on hitting her targets and trusting everything. She made a couple of good long putts early on today. That got her under-par and stayed there almost the entire day."

Stetson won the tournament with an 894 total. Cal Poly was second at 907 and was followed by Cincinnati (911), Jacksonville (922), Brown (935), Florida Atlantic (942), Florida Gulf Coast (943), Daytona State (947), Northern Illinois (967) and Upstate (968).

Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) was the second-lowest Spartan in the tournament. She finished tied for 35th after shooting 77 on Tuesday and totaling 239 for the tournament. Taylor Pleier (Spartanburg, S.C.) finished 42nd with a 244 total. She shot 79 in the final round. Marissa Clontz (Greenville, S.C.) concluded the tournament with an 88 and finished 52nd with a 259 total, while Kristi Goodman (Easley, S.C.) was 55th with a 267 total.

Stetson's Alex Buelow won the individual championship after posting a 217 total.

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