Blue Raiders improve to fifth at Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate
Karisa Akin finished 12th in first spring tournamentMarch 8, 2010 · Athletic Communications
"We had perfect conditions, but it's a very difficult course," explained Coach Chris Adams. "The greens were probably the hardest that we'll play all season, and I'm proud of the way the team improved over the course of the tournament to finish higher than some of the teams ranked ahead of us."
Akin, who was playing in her first tournament of the spring season, climbed into the top ten early in the day, but ultimately finished 12th with a 13-over 229.
"I'm definitely impressed by Karisa's focus and poise in her first tournament this season," said Adams. "She had confidence on the greens throughout the tournament, and the course played to some of her strengths."
Morgan Hale, who won the Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Month last week, followed up a great second round with a better third. The junior shot an early triple bogey, but rebounded by finishing the day with a 74, the best round by a Blue Raider in the tournament. She finished tied for 16th along with Clara Leathers with a 16-over 232.
Ashley Haggard competed as an individual in the tournament, meaning her scores would not apply to the overall team score. The freshman from Savannah, Tenn. finished tied for 31st with a 21-over 237.
Sun Belt Conference foe Troy also participated in the tournament and finished tied for ninth.
The Blue Raiders will continue their season later this month at the UALR Women's Classic in Hot Springs, Ark.
1. Coastal Carolina, 891
2. Augusta State, 906
3. North Carolina-Wilmington, 926
4. Western Carolina, 931
5. Middle Tennessee, 933
6. North Carolina-Greensboro, 934
7. Southern Mississippi, 935
8. Wofford, 937
T9. Lamar, 948
T9. Troy, 948
T11. William & Mary, 954
T11. Charleston Southern, 954
13. Mercer, 986
14. UAB, 989
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