Jekyll Island, Ga. – The USC Upstate women's golf team turned in its best round of the tournament in Sunday's final round and finished fourth at the Eat-A-Peach Classic hosted by Mercer at the Pine Lakes Golf Course at Jekyll Island, Ga.
Upstate shot a round of 313 Sunday and counted scores of 76, 77, 79 and 81. Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) carded the 76, while Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot 77. Allea Hawkins (Hendersonville, N.C.) carded the 79, while Amanda Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) shot 81. The 313 was eight shots better than Saturday's round and nine better than Friday's season opening effort.
"Today was a good improvement," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "Rachel hit the ball so well and Brittany made some putts. We do have a lot to work on, but this was a positive step."
Mercer led wire-to-wire and won the team championship with a 54-hole total of 898. Seminole State was second at 935. Florida Gulf Coast was third after totaling 937, while Upstate was fourth at 956. Mercer's Katy Harris, playing as an individual, won the individual championship with a 2-under-par 214 total.
Reiling finished as the top Spartan in the tournament, finishing 13th with a 237 total. Hawkins claimed a tie for 14th with a 238 total in her first collegiate tournament. Lowe was the third best Spartan, claiming 16th with a 239 total. Hall was 20th with a 245 total, while Malika Allie (Cape Town, South Africa) was tied for 21st with a 255 total.
Upstate will not take any time off, opening play at the Terrier Intercollegiate Monday morning. The tournament is hosted by Wofford at the Country Club of Spartanburg, giving the Spartans five straight days of tournament golf to open the season.