Lady Chants run away with BSC title, await NCAA bid

2015 Big South Conference Women's Golf ChampionshipThe Chanticleers finished with a 614 to win its Big South-record seventh women’s golf title by 16 strokes.  The Championship was reduced to 36 holes following the wash out of Monday’s opening round, and was the first 36-hole Big South Championship since 1998.

Campbell finished in sole possession of second-place with a 630 after posting a 316 on Wednesday.  Radford, which opened the day in fourth-place, finished third — the Highlanders’ highest-ever finish in the Championship — with a 638 (315-323).  Charleston Southern bounced back from its opening round 326 with a 317 to finish fourth at 643.  Gardner-Webb dropped from its tie for second after 18 holes to end in fifth-place with a 644.  Longwood was sixth at 649 (325-324), while Winthrop and High Point tied for seventh-place at 653.  Presbyterian College finished ninth at 700.

The field again played through adverse weather conditions Wednesday.  Light rain started to fall around 8:50am before turning into showers at approximately 10:40am.  Play was interrupted shortly thereafter due to a 47-minute lightning delay, but resumed at 11:33am.  The rest of the round featured intermittent rain and windy conditions, leading to the higher scores.

Lena Schaeffner was crowned Championship Medalist after she finished with a 3-over par 147, just one stroke ahead of teammate Malene Krolboll Hansen.  Both were tied for the lead after 15 holes.  Schaeffner and Hansen, Radford’s Larissa Carter, Campbell teammates Nadine White and Brooke Bellomy, Gardner-Webb’s Sarah Bertram and Winthrop’s Ashley Sloup all earned All-Championship Team honors for finishing in the top five.

The Chanticleers will now await their automatic NCAA Regional assignment at one of four locations in the nation.  Selections will be announced on Monday, April 27, and the Regionals will be conducted May 7-9.

Photo courtesy of BSC

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