TUNICA, Miss. -- No. 9 West Florida won its third consecutive Gulf South Conference championship at Tunica National on Tuesday, and Elin Olsson led the way with an individual win. The GSC title was the eighth in UWF history and the second under head coach Bryan Clarke.
The Argos (306-313 - 619) trailed provisional GSC member Lee (305-321 - 626) after Monday’s first round, but UWF stayed strong in windy conditions on Tuesday to bring home the title.
Olsson (77-70 - 147) took first place individually after matching the best round of her college career with a 70 on Tuesday. The sophomore finished the tournament 3-over par and one stroke ahead of second place Pauline Schopp (71-77 - 148) from Shorter. The win for Olsson was her second of the season, and it also marked her seventh top-10 finish of the year. Her win also marks the seventh time a UWF golfer has placed first at the GSC championships.
“I’ve been working hard and it’s starting to pay off,” Olsson said. “I feel very honored to be a part of this team. We were second after yesterday, and we were able to come back and pass the other teams. I’m really proud of our girls and their performance.”
Aimee Paterson also finished in the top five, placing fourth at 8-over par (75-77 - 152). Olsson and Paterson both earned spots on the GSC all-tournament team.
“For Elin, that’s two wins out of the last three tournaments for her, which is pretty impressive,” Clarke said. “She’s playing well and doing all the right things. It’s a team effort, but without Elin today I don’t know that we would have come out on top. It was also big for Aimee to have two solid rounds. We needed that. With our other girls playing well, we’ll be competitive for regionals.”
Daisy-May Kenny and Camila Sevillano finished the tournament tied for 11th individually at 16-over par, and they were followed in the Argonaut lineup by freshman Lily Kent at 18-over.