Paksanont Posts Career-Best Finish, Upstate Places Fourth at Low Country Intercollegiate

Pan Paksanont
Pan Paksanont

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's golf team carded a final round 327 to conclude play at the Low Country Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon with a fourth place finish out of 17 teams at the par 72, 5922-yard Moss Creek Golf Club.

On a day where course conditions saw winds reach anywhere between 17 and 28 miles per hour, Upstate finished nine strokes behind tournament winner High Point with a combined score of 647 (320-327).

Pan Paksanont had a second round 83 and was the top individual performer for the Spartans after tying for eighth place with a combined 159 (76-83). Sidney Dermody turned in the lowest round of the day for Upstate with an 80 and tied for 19th place at 161 (81-80). Payton Culler also tied for 19th position with Dermody following her final round 81 and concluded the tournament with a 161 (80-81). Anna Chanthaphaeng and Allea Hawkins ended the event tied for 39th and 68th places, respectively. Chanthaphaeng posted a round of 83 on Sunday for a 166 (83-83) and Hawkins a 90 to finish at 173 (83-90).

High Point had a final round 318 to win the Low Country Intercollegiate by three strokes over Gardner-Webb at 638. Celia Mansour took home individual medalist honors after winning by five strokes with a 6-over score of 150.

The Spartans travel to Morganton, N.C. on April 2-3 for the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State at Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club.

NOTABLES

  • Upstate compiled its second straight fourth place performance this season after turning in the same finish March 9-10 at the Lady EagleCat Invitational.
  • The three teams that the Spartans finished behind at the Low Country Intercollegiate were ranked in the top 175 of the Golfstat rankings in High Point (168), Gardner-Webb (157) and Seton Hall (165).
  • Upstate placed higher in the tournament than two teams ranked 175th or better in Bethune-Cookman (115) and Appalachian State (163), as well as Dalton State and USC Beaufort who are third and sixth in the NAIA rankings.
  • Dating back to their final round at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic on February 28, the Spartans have combined to go 39-8 against the field in the last five rounds.
  • Paksanont posted the best finish of her career after tying for eighth, and is also her second straight top-10 performance and fourth this season. The freshman tied for ninth during the fall season at the Jacksonville Classic.
  • Dermody and Culler both recorded their best individual performances this season tying for 19th place.
  • Upstate led the Low Country Intercollegiate with a 3.38 stroke average in par 3 scoring and 91 pars.
  • The Spartans were third in par 4 scoring with a 4.52 stroke average.
  • Upstate collected eight birdies during the tournament including four in the final round.
  • Paksanont tied for first among the tournament field in par 3 scoring (E, 3.00 stroke average) and third with 23 pars.
  • Culler was tied for second in both par 4 scoring (4.25 stroke average) and birdies with five after recording three on Sunday. The junior had five of Upstate's eight birdies in the tournament.
  • Dermody concluded tournament play tied for seventh in par 4 scoring (4.35 stroke average) and tied for 10th with 20 pars.
  • Chanthaphaeng ranked tied for fourth in par 3 scoring at 1-over par with a 3.12 stroke average.
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