Henderson sets record as Lady Chants capture second

Coastal Carolina’s Brittany Henderson fired a 1-under 71 on the final day of the 2012 Big South Women’s Golf Championship to set the tournament’s 54-hole scoring record with a 2-under 214 on her way to winning individual medalist honors.

The Chanticleers claimed the runner-up finish on the par-72, 6,009-yard Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor.

Henderson’s record-setting performance was also her first career victory along with her career-low 54-hole total. Moreover her championship medalist honor was the second consecutive for Coastal, the third in four years and seventh overall.

“I am truly proud of the way Brittany along with the team as a whole competed today and throughout the tournament,” said head coach Katie Quinney. “Brittany really had a great tournament after tying the all-time low round on Tuesday and shooting 1-under today she has shown why she is a multiple All-Conference selection and our top golfer throughout the spring season.”

After pulling within a stroke of 36-hole leader Campbell, the defending champion Chanticleers were unable to topple to the Fighting Camel over the final 18 holes of play. Campbell (294-300-296=890) shot eight over on the day to finish six strokes ahead of Coastal (298-297-301=896). Gardner-Webb (307-304-310=921) finished third followed by Charleston Southern (321-309-308=938) and Winthrop (313-306-320=939) to round out the top five.

Henderson, who won the tournament by seven strokes over teammate Frida Castillo and Player of the Year Kaylin Yost of Campbell, opened her final round with a birdie and a par before a bogey on three pushed her back to even. The junior then fired two more pars before trading two bogeys for a par and birdie over the remainder of the front nine. She then collected herself and recorded four consecutive pars to open her back nine. Henderson would wrap up her record-setting three-days of golf with three pars sandwiched between birdies on 14 and 18.

Castillo played her way to All-Big South honors as she carded a career-best finish to tie for second. The freshman shot a 1-over 73 on the day to record a career-best 54-hole score of 221. She started the round with a bogey on one followed by seven straight pars and a birdie on nine to make the turn at even par. Bogeys on 10 and 15 bookended four pars; however she would birdie the par-3 17th hole to finish at 1-over on the day.

Also playing her way to All-Conference honors was junior Jessica Alexander as she finished sixth overall. Alexander (73-78-75=226) carded a 75 on the day to end the tournament at 10-over par. The Riverview, Fla., native turned in 11 pars and two birdies over the final round; however, three bogeys in a six-hole span on the back nine led to her 75.

Senior Kaitlin Higginbotham finished in a tie for 17th with her 54-hole total of 19-over par 235. Higginbotham shot a 74 on Monday, a 79 on Tuesday and closed out the tournament with 10-over par 82 for her 235 on Wednesday.

Coastal Carolina fifth golfer, junior Eugenia Guerra tied for 43rd with a 250 total after rounds of 84, 81 and 75 to round out the Chanticleer lineup.

Chanticleers Await Regional Announcement
“Overall, we thought our team competed very well,” Quinney said. “This event should give our players a great deal of confidence heading into the postseason.”

Coastal Carolina awaits word on an NCAA regional bid. The regionals are set for May 10-12 at three locations: Penn State Golf Course (Blue Course) in State College, Pa..; The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlett Course) in Columbus, Ohio and the Colorado Nationals Golf Club in Erie, Colo.

The top eight team finishers along with the top two individuals at each regional advance to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Finals which take place May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Big South Conference Championship

1.    Campbell            294    300    296    890    +26
2.    Coastal Carolina    298    297    301    896    +32
3.    Gardner-Webb            307    304    310    921    +57
4.    Charleston Southern    321    309    308    938    +74
5.    Winthrop            313    306    320    939    +75
6.    Radford                    310    314    317    941    +77
7.    Bucknell            320    311    320    951    +87
8.    High Point            314    317    325    956    +92
**    Presbyterian College    318    307    336    961    +97
9.    Holy Cross            395    382    397    1174    +310

Top Five Individuals 1. Brittany Henderson (Coastal Carolina) 75 68 71 214 -2 t-2. Frida Castillo (Coastal Carolina) 76 72 73 221 +5 t-2. Kaylin Yost (Campbell) 73 72 76 221 +5 4. Michelle Koh (Campbell) 71 76 75 222 +6 5. Hannah Hellyer (Gardner-Webb) 77 74 74 225 +9

Coastal Carolina Scorers 1. Brittany Henderson 75 68 71 214 -2 t-2. Frida Castillo 73 72 73 221 +5 6. Jessica Alexander 73 78 75 226 +10 t-17. Kaitlin Higginbotham 74 79 82 235 +19 t-43. Eugenia Guerra 84 81 85 250 +34

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