MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The High Point University women’s golf team won the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. to start the season with back-to-back wins. Freshman Sarah Bae won her second straight collegiate tournament with a score of 140.
The Panthers shot a 303 in the second round at Myrtle Beach National to finish with a two-round 602. HPU finished 16 strokes ahead of tournament runner-up and co-host Gardner-Webb.
Bae carded an even-par 72 in the second round to remain four-under for the tournament with a final score of 140. Bae won the individual title by eight strokes, beating Abby Driscoll of Presbyterian College who carded a 148 (72-76).
“We are obviously happy to win the tournament and to have won two tournaments in a row,” said head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “More importantly we are very happy with the scores we are posting. Our goal will be to keep our scores in this area for the remainder of the season and see where that puts us. Sarah is off to a fantastic start. I can’t think of anyone else who won their first two tournaments as a freshman. She has set a great example for the team.”
Sophomores Tan Cheeranont and Casey Ward and freshman Danielle Fuss also finished in the top 10 at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. Cheeranont finished nine-over with a two-day score 153 (75-78). She finished in seventh place.
Ward was one spot behind Cheeranont in eighth place with a 154 (77-77). Fuss shaved three strokes off her first day score of 79 to card a 76 on Tuesday. With a 155 she finished tied for ninth with Mary Katherine Donovan of Gardner-Webb.
Junior Grier Bennett also improved from day one, carding an 81 in the second round to shoot a 163 for the tournament. She finished tied for 21st.
Big South opponents Winthrop, Radford and Presbyterian College finished third, fourth and fifth respectively in the tournament.
The Panthers are back in action next week at the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.