By RU Sports Information Monday, September 24 2012 00:00
DRAPER, Va. – Fueled by Top-10 performances from Alexandra Austin (Burke, Va. / Robinson Secondary) and Hayley Hammond (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman), the Radford women's golf team finished third in the Highlander Invitational on Sunday evening carding a two-round ledger of 612 (307-305).
Gardner-Webb hoisted the team title with a 599 (303-296), while Winthrop's Meagan Wallace captured the individual race at the par 72, 6,179-yard Draper Valley Golf Club.
Hammond led the Highlanders in the morning round, firing a 4-over 76. After trimming one stroke off in the evening round, Hammond finished with a 151 to tie for sixth with three other golfers, including her teammate Austin.
The sophomore carded a 5-over 77 in the first round and made the biggest move of the RU squad by posting a team-best 2-over 74 in the evening. For Austin, it is her sixth Top-10 showing of her young career.
Paige Reese (South Hill, Va. / Park View) finished just one shot out of the Top-10 with a 153 (77-76). Freshman Katie Parrott (Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood) was impressive in her morning round, recording a season-best 5-over 77. The Brentwood, Tenn. native tied for 23rd after shooting 85 over the final 18 holes.
Rounding out the scoring was Kirsty Condon (Lincolnshire, England / Kesteven and Sleaford), who fired a 165 (85-80) to end in 29th place. Competing as an individual, Courtney Floyd (Riverbank, Calif. / Riverbank) shot 189 (100-89) to come in 45th.
The Runnin' Bulldogs led wire-to-wire, backing up their first-round 303 with an 8-over 296. Led by Wallace's tournament-best 145 (71-74), Winthrop finished second with a two-round total of 608 (307-301). Radford, which ended four shots back of second, Wofford and High Point rounded out the Top-5 squads in the team standings.
The Highlanders' third-place performance marks the second straight Top-5 showing of the season and becomes the 16th Top-5 finish under head coach Jeff Beeler's watch.
The Lady Pirate Intercollegiate is the next stop for Radford, which gets underway on Monday, Oct. 8. The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by East Carolina at Greenville Country Club.
Place Name First Round Final Round Total
3 Radford 307 305 612
T6 Austin 77 74 151
T6 Hammond 76 75 151
T11 Reese 77 76 153
T23 Parrott 77 85 162
29 Condon 85 80 165
45 Floyd* 100 89 189
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