Shorter wins Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate; Lady Eagles take fourth

Shorter wins Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate; Lady Eagles take fourth

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Shorter University fired a team 312 (+26) in Tuesday's final round to win the inaugural Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, played Tuesday on The Highlands Course at The Golf Club of Sevierville.

The Hawks final total of 627 was good enough to win by six strokes.

The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles, who were tied for first through 18 holes, finished fourth after a 324 (+38) in Tuesday's final round. They finished 12 strokes behind Shorter after entering the final round tied.

Columbus State University finished second after a 312 on Tuesday to finish six strokes behind Shorter. West Florida took third with a two-day 634, five strokes ahead of C-N.

Shorter's Lisa Persson was the tournament's medalist after firing a 72 (+1) on Tuesday. No golfer played a round under par in the two days of competition.

Four Lady Eagles finished in the top 14, led by senior Erica Ray (Maryville, Tenn.). Ray tied for eighth with a two-day 158 (+16), closing the final round with an 80.

Fellow senior C-N's Jennifer Oliver (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished the tourney a stroke back of Ray and tied for 10th. She also shot 80 in the final round.

Sophomores Louise McGillivary (Banchory, Scotland) and Mary Tunnell (Memphis, Tenn.) tied for 14th with a 161 total. Tunnell finished with an 81, while McGillivary closed the tournament with an 83 on Tuesday.

C-N freshman Jessica Kubalak (Franklin, Tenn.), playing as an individual, tied for 25th after an 85 on Tuesday, while sophomore Lauren Hodge (Jefferson City, Tenn.) closed with an 81 to jump to 30th after a two-day 170.

C-N junior Melanie Manis (Louisville, Tenn.) and freshman Chelsea Passmore (Knoxville, Tenn.) tied for 37th

The Lady Eagles return to action October 3-4 at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Intercollegiate.