Henderson, Coastal Carolina narrowly win Big South Championship
NINETY SIX, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina used a team aggregate score of 292 to pull away and win the 2013 Big South Women’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor Coastal Carolina’s Brittany Henderson became the first back-to-back Medalist since 1999 and 2000 with her one-stroke victory.
Coastal (292-296-292-880) received the Big South’s automatic berth to the NCAA regional after leading wire-to-wire and winning by eight strokes against Campbell (297-292-299-888). Entering the final day with a one-shot lead, the Chanticleers finished seven shots better than the Camels on Tuesday to win the Big South championship for the third time in five seasons and third time under head coach Katie Quinney.
Henderson (73-71-75-219), who was tied with teammate Lena Schaeffner for the 36-hole lead at even-par 144, carded a 75 on Tuesday while Schaeffner finished with a 76. Henderson is the first women’s golfer to win consecutive individual championships since Charleston Southern’s Patricia Martinson in 1999 and 2000 and becomes just the third multi-champion in Big South history.
Schaeffner’s 54-hole total of 220 (71-73-76) was matched by Longwood’s Ariel Witmer (76-75-69). Witmer carded a tournament-low 3-under 69 on Tuesday to move up from a tie for eighth to share runner-up honors with Schaeffner. Witmer was at 5-under through 12 holes during the final round and posted a championship-best 15 birdies. Winthrop’s Jennifer Dilger also finished with a 69 on Tuesday to move up from 19th-place to seventh. Dilger tallied five birdies on Tuesday, including four on the front nine. Other final round highlights included Jessica Alexander’s eagle on the par 5, 480-yard No. 8 hole.
Following Coastal Carolina and Campbell in the team standings was new Big South member Longwood in third-place at 914. Gardner-Webb finished fourth with a 917, while Charleston Southern was fifth at 931, one stroke ahead of sixth-place High Point (932). Radford placed seventh with a 941, followed by Winthrop (945) and host Presbyterian (948).