UNCP grabs PBS Championship
Braves capture sixth tournament title of the season
POOLER, Ga. – First Team All-Peach Belt Conference performer Katja Dammann fired a second-round 72 en route to claiming medalist honors in leading the eighth-ranked UNCP women's golf team to the PBC Championship by 26 strokes on Tuesday afternoon at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.
Dammann captured medalist honors by six strokes versus Columbus State's Kimesha Anthony, marking the fifth time this year a member of the Lady Braves golf squad has brought home top individual honors at a tournament. The Schwerin, Germany, native opened the tournament with an opening-round 73 and followed with an even-par 72 on the second round to finish her tournament with the two best 18-hole scorecards in the 30-person field.
The Lady Braves as a squad took eight strokes off their opening round score with a 301 on Tuesday, which left them 23 strokes ahead of 20th-ranked and defending tournament champion Flagler and 26 strokes ahead of 36th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic on the team standings. Columbus State, Montevallo and North Georgia rounded out the remaining team scores in order.
UNCP captured their sixth tournament title of the season with the victory, including five-consecutive wins as they head into regional play. Recently named PBC Coach of the Year David Synan kept his team as the most dominant force in the conference from start to finish this year, with just one finish outside of the top two teams in their 10 tournaments this season, and having his athletes take home PBC Women's Golfer of the Week honors on eight of the possible 11 occasions.
Fellow First Team All-Peach Belt honorees Meghan Moore and Shauna Walor tied for fourth with two other golfers after finishing their two rounds with a score of 155. Moore took one stroke off her opening-round score with a 77 on the second 18 holes, and Walor shaved three strokes off her first-round total with a second-round 76.
Freshman Kelly Sumner finished in a tie for 14th overall with Leslie Choucard of Flagler after a two-round total of 162 (79-83) left her at 18-over-par.
PBC Freshman of the Year Dana Watkins rebounded from a rough opening-round 87 to shave 11 strokes off her total in recording a 76 on the second, moving her from 23rd overall after the first day to 16th at the end of the tournament.
Dammann, Moore and Walor added more hardware to the trophy case after the three were named to the All-PBC Tournament team after finishing among the top-five individuals.