Lady Chants finish tied for ninth at prestigious tourney

The Coastal Carolina women’s golf team experienced and up-and-down trip to the Golf Week Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., only to finish in the middle of the pack.

Despite getting off to a fast start that saw them tied for second place after the first round, the Lady Chanticleers slumped to a ninth-place tie in the three-day, 18-team tournament of defending conference champions.

Coastal Carolina posted a three-round total of 917 to finish in a tie for ninth with Notre Dame at Red Sky Golf Club.  Oklahoma rallied to win the tournament.

Coastal was led by Kaitlin Higginbotham, who finished tied for 11th after firing scores of 69-81-75 (225). Jessica Alexander finished 10 spots behind Higginbotham in a tie for 21st place with a three-round total of 228.

Freshman Frida Castillo was the only Coastal golfer to shoot three rounds in the 70s (79-78-75) to finish in a tie for 39th place.

Brittany Henderson had the highlight of the tournament recording a hole-in-one on the 145-yard par 3 ninth hole, her final hole of the day. The ace put her in red numbers with a 1-under 35 on the front nine, totaling a 77 on the day. Henderson finished in a tie for 57th.

Courtney Boe, playing in her first tournament of the year, finished with a 243, putting her in a tie for 73rd.

Oklahoma was led to the championship by medalist Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who shot 1-over par for the tournament to win by three strokes.

The Lady Chants return to the links Oct. 7-9 at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational.

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