Women's Golf Completes Best-Ever Week at Pinehurst
Updated: Saturday 10/13/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary women's golf team wrapped up its best week ever on Tuesday, rising two spots in the standings to finish tied for sixth overall at the Pinehurst Challenge.  The Tribe shot 875 (+11) for the week, while the 19-team tournament was won by East Carolina at 857 (-7).  Overall, the Tribe's third-round 292 (+4) is tied for this week's second round score as the third-best ever at W&M, and the total of 875 (+11) obliterated the school record by 24 strokes.

Tribe senior Alessandra Liu (Cynwyd, Pa.) meanwhile put the finishing touches on both a remarkable week and an unprecedented fall, winning the individual medal for the third time in four tournaments.  She shot 70 (-2) on Tuesday to move her weekend total to 206 (-10), breaking not just her own school record but also the Pinehurst Challenge tournament record.  Liu is the first Tribe player since Vickie Linkous '92 in 1990-91 to win three times in a single season, and her four career medals ranks her tied for fourth all-time with Tiffany Maurycy '90, the first player since Maurycy graduated to achieve that feat.

Sophomore Katie Edelblut (New Hope, Pa.) earned her third top-10 finish of the season, tying for ninth overall with a career-low score of 213 (-3).  That is also the third-best single tournament in school history, behind only two entries from Liu, and lowered Edelblut's season average to 74.83, better than the existing school record (75.0 set by Liu last season).  Junior Mia Zanghetti (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot an even-par 72 in the final round, her second of the tournament, and ascended 12 spots to a tie at 37th overall with a total score of 221 (+5).  Senior Tina Chang (Mineola, N.Y.) finished in a tie for 88th with a third-round 76, her best of the week, and freshman Riley Corona (Cave Creek, Ariz.) rounded out the scoring line-up at 248.  Classmate Elizabeth Choi (Syosset, N.Y.), competing as an individual, shot 80 in the final round and tied for 94th overall at 238.

With the fall schedule now complete, the Tribe moves into winter training.  The next tournament for W&M is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1, at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.

Pinehurst Challenge - 54 Holes
Pinehurst No. 1 - Par 72, 5949 Yards

Team Standings
1. East Carolina 857 (-7)
2. Chattanooga 863 (-1)
3. Elon 866 (+2)
T4. Iowa 873 (+9)
T4. Maryland 873 (+9)
T6. William & Mary 875 (+11)
T6. East Tennessee State 875 (+11)
8. North Florida 877 (+13)
9. Penn State 882 (+18)
T10. Nebraska 883 (+19)
T10. College of Charleston 883 (+19)
T12. Morehead State 889 (+25)
T12. Samford 889 (+25)
14. Charleston Southern 890 (+26)
15. Western Carolina 895 (+31)
16. High Point 898 (+34)
17. UNC Greensboro 927 (+63)
18. Marshall 930 (+66)
19. Illinois State 932 (+68)

Top Five Players (104 total)
1. Alessandra Liu (W&M) 206 (-10)
2. Emily Brooks (ELON) 209 (-7)
T3. Vivienne Chin (ETSU) 210 (-6)
T3. Rachel Walker (ODU) 210 (-6) **
T5. Kelsey Badmaev (ELON) 211 (-5)
T5. Kate Law (ECU) 211 (-5)

Other W&M Players
T9. Katie Edelblut 213 (-3)
T37. Mia Zanghetti 221 (+5)
T88. Tina Chang 235 (+19)
T94. Elizabeth Choi 238 (+22) **
103. Riley Corona 248 (+32)
** Playing as an individual

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