Sept. 16, 2008
BATAVIA, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati women's golf team finished third in the season-opening UC Women's Fall Classic on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 16) at Elk's Run Golf Club. Kate Moore (Shepparton, Australia/Goulburn Valley Grammar School) was UC's top individual finisher, placing third.
After heavy winds hit the Cincinnati region hard on Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather cooperated for the two-day event, even with most of the area without power.
UC was fourth after the first round of competition, led by freshman Anna Cumtell's (Halmstad, Sweden) round of even-par 72. Moore fired a 74, while Jenny Linville (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) shot an opening-round 79.
Georgia State's Iliska Verwey carded a course-record 64 in the first round, giving GSU the 18-hole lead (291).
The second round, played Monday afternoon, saw the Bearcats post the best single-round score at Elk's Run in program history (298). All five Bearcats shot in the 70s, with Cumtell and senior Marianne Erb (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) leading the way with 74 each.
Moore was the star for the Bearcats in the final round, firing an even-par 72 to finish the tournament 74-75-72=221, which was good for a tie for third. The team's final-round 303 moved them past Middle Tennessee State for third place. The teams were seperated by just one stroke (907-908).
"I am very proud of the way our girls played in their first tournament of the year," said head coach Janet Carl. "I think the scores showed our team's depth and what we have built here at UC."
Medalist honors went to Verwey, who fired 64-76-70=210, to claim a five-stroke victory over Augusta State's Mary Betancourt.
Georgia State was the team champ at 880, while Augusta State was 16 shots behind in second place.
Cincinnati's Black Team featured 19th-place finisher Sarah Stamper (Covington, Ky./Villa Madonna), who posted rounds of 75, 80, and 77 for a 232. Ashley Combs (Union, Ky./Ryle) was right behind her with a 235 after rounds of 78, 82, and 75.
The Bearcats head to North Carolina for the Sea Trail Intercollegiate on Sept. 19-21 in Sunset Beach, N.C.