Broussard, La. – Standout golfer Amanda Hall claimed a Top 20 individual finish and helped the USC Upstate women's golf team move up two positions on the final leaderboard at the Le Triomphe Collegiate Tuesday afternoon.
The second round of the tournament was supposed to be completed Monday, but was halted due to darkness. The teams came out on Tuesday morning and finished the second round before playing the final round.
Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) was solid throughout the tournament, leading Upstate with the low round each round. She finished the tournament with rounds of 78, 80 and 80 for a 238 total. She claimed a tie for 16th on the individual leaderboard.
Hall's consistent performance helped Upstate improve its score in each round of the tournament. After opening with a wind-aided 342 on Monday, the Spartans turned in rounds of 335 and 332 to finish tied for 12th with a 1009 total. Upstate began the second round in 14th and picked up two spots on the leaderboard.
"Overall, I think it was exciting for Amanda to start the spring the way she did," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "The course is the site of one of Louisiana Open and was setup very long. It let us know that as we practice, we need to practice for longer yardages. We are a little disappointed of how we performed. But, I feel very confident that we will work hard to get back where we were in the fall."
Lamar finished the tournament with a 930 total to claim the team championship by 13 strokes over Xavier (943). McNeese State, the host of the tournament, was third at 950 and was followed by Houston Baptist (957), Toledo (966), Sam Houston State (967), Florida Gulf Coast (967), Central Arkansas (970), South Alabama (975), Stephen F. Austin (992), McLennan CC (995), Upstate (1009), Chicago State (1009), Shorter (1024), Texas-Pan American (1029) and Centenary (1053).
Taylor Barnes (Spartanburg, S.C.) was the second-best Spartan in the tournament. She finished 46th with a 249 total, improving her scores in each round and matching Hall's 80 in the final round. Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) finished with a 261 total, while Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) turned in a 263 total. Marissa Clontz (Greenville, S.C.) carded a 277 over three rounds.
Lamar's Ghni Ngo won the individual championship by two strokes over her teammate, Julie Aime. Ngo finished the tournament with a 226 total.