AAS
Pirates

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Armstrong Atlantic State went wire-to-wire in capturing the first team title in the seven year history of the program, shooting a final-round 317 on Monday to win the fourth Annual Newberry College Invitational by 22 strokes.

The Pirates started the day with a 13-stroke lead on Lander, but carded the day's best round for a second consecutive day to earn the victory with a 628 total.

Host No. 14 Newberry shot a 320 on Monday to finish second with a two-day 650 total on the Par 74 - 5801 yard course, while Lander shot a 333 to finish third with a 657 total. USC Beaufort (667) and Pfeiffer (685) rounded out the top-five team scores.

The battle for the individual title came down to the back nine as first-round leader and Jenna Birch trailed teammate and Kristen Sammarco by one stroke at the turn. Birch shot a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 hole while Sammarco shot a bogie. Birch then played the final six holes at even par to clinch the title in just her second tournament played as a Pirate.

Birch shot a four-over-par 78 to finish the tournament with a two-day five-over-par 153 total, three strokes ahead of Sammarco, who shot a 79 to finish with a 156 total. Armstrong also had the third place finisher in Kelly Pearce, who shot an 81 to finish with a two-day 157 total.

Kim Knox carded a 79 to finish the tournament tied for 12th place individually with a 166 total while Victoria Bennett shot an 87 on Monday to finish tied for 21st with a 170 total.