April 17, 2018
Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Led by its two seniors, the Western Carolina women's golf team finished its 2017-18 season on Tuesday with a ninth-place showing at the 2018 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship held on the par-72, 6,105-yard South Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club.
WCU seniors Amanda Floberg and Alyssa Morahan finished the event tied for 35th overall with matching scores of 264. Floberg climbed two spots in the final standings while Morahan advanced her position by six over the final day, recording the team's best final-round score of 83. The two combined for seven birdies over the three-day event, four by Floberg with Morahan charting three to accompany a team-best 20 pars.
Opening on the back nine Tuesday, Floberg opened the final round with a birdie on the par-4 10th and ultimately made the turn for home at 4-over par. A product of Stockholm, Sweden, Floberg finished the day 16-over par at 88. Morahan carded bogeys on two of her first three holes of the final round before posting six-consecutive pars to turn to the front nine at 2-over par. The North Reading, Mass., native closed the day with a 9-over par front nine to shoot 11-over 83.
In her first SoCon tournament appearance, sophomore Brianna Plummer finished 40th overall with a score of 267, finishing second on the team with 19 pars, while freshman Maya White came home 42nd overall at 269 in her debut at the conference finale. WCU's fifth scorer, freshman Hazel Martin, withdrew due to injury late in Sunday's opening round.
Placing all five team members inside the top eight collectively including a sweep of the podium finishes, Furman claimed its SoCon-record 17th women's golf championship, pulling away from a two-way tie for the runner-up spot over the final 36 holes to win the team title for the fifth-straight season. The Paladins finished the tournament with a round of 6-over par 294 on Tuesday, the only team to break 900 overall with a three-round tally of 897.
Tied after 36 holes, the final day of competition was unable to create any separation between Chattanooga and Mercer as the two teams finished tied for the runner-up spot with matching scores if 931. Samford finished fourth with a three-day tabulation of 952 with UNCG closing out the top five at 964.
Rounding out the team finishing order were ETSU (965) in sixth-place, followed by Wofford (979), The Citadel (1,039) and Western Carolina (1,064).
Furman's Reona Hirai claimed individual medalist honors, edging defending medalist and Paladin teammate Natalie Srinivasan by four strokes. Hirai became the league-best 15th different individual medalist for Furman.
Furman claimed the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA regional field which will be unveiled live on the Golf Channel at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 25. The first round is set for May 7-9.
2018 SoCon Women's Golf Championship Standings:
1 - Furman -- 301-302-294 = 897 (+33)
T2 - Chattanooga -- 308-317-306 = 931 (+67)
T2 - Mercer -- 307-318-306 = 931 (+67)
4 - Samford -- 319-327-306 = 952 (+88)
5 - UNCG -- 326-320-318 = 964 (+100)
6 - ETSU -- 323-328-314 = 965 (+101)
7 - Wofford -- 330-328-321 = 979 (+115)
8 - The Citadel -- 349-350-340 = 1,039 (+175)
9 - Western Carolina -- 375-341-348 = 1,064 (+200)
9 -- Western Carolina -- 375-341-348 = 1064 (+200)
T35 -- Amanda Floberg -- 89-87-88 = 264 (+48)
T35 -- Alyssa Morahan -- 93-88-83 = 264 (+48)
40 -- Brianna Plummer -- 99-82-86 = 267 (+51)
42 -- Maya White -- 94-84-91 = 269 (+53)
WD -- Hazel Martin -- WD