CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Playing a wet course in very windy conditions, the Belmont women's golf team posted one of their lowest team scores in program history on Tuesday to win the APSU Intercollegiate held this week at Clarksville Country Club in Clarksville, Tennessee. In addition, freshman Mallory Sullivan of Smithville finished second in the individual standings.
Belmont posted a team score of 295, tied for the third lowest in school history, in Tuesday's final round to win the team title with a 36-hole mark of 596. They finished seven strokes ahead of second place Murray State (603) and nine shots ahead of third place Tennessee Tech (605). It's the program's fifth team championship and the first since the 2011-12 season.
"I am really proud of the team this week," said Lissa Bradford, Belmont's head coach. "We had some tough conditions to play in the past two days, but everybody stuck to the game plan and that led us to our victory."
Freshman Mallory Sullivan finished in second place after losing a three-hole playoff to Maddi Everts of Tennessee Tech. After each bogeyed the first playoff hole and parred the second, Everts won medalist honors by parring the third playoff hole. Sullivan, a Smithville, Tennessee native, got into the playoff by carding a one-under par 70 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 144. It's her first top-five finish of her collegiate career.
Two other Bruins finished among the top-10. Senior Evin Edens finished in a tie for fourth place with a score of 147. She posted a career-best 72 in Tuesday's final round. Freshman Katie Story also continued her solid start as a Bruin as she placed sixth at 150 after shooting a 75. Other Belmont scores from the event included: senior Sydney Hudson (T-13, 155) and sophomore Abbie Gregory (T-32, 161).
Two BU golfers competed as individuals and each posted top-20 finishes: sophomore Megan Heath (T-11, 154) and sophomore Alexi Bevans (T-16, 156).
The women's golf team will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.