SOUTHPORT, N.C. – The College of Charleston women’s golf team finished runner-up at the 2016 CAA Women’s Golf Championship with a three-round score of 323-303-309—935 (+71) at the Reserve Club at St. James Plantation on Sunday.
CofC and the entire field played through tough conditions on all three days – the Cougars managing to card the second-lowest round of the entire tournament during Saturday’s second round with a 303. Delaware won the team title by eight strokes shooting a 927 (+63).
Keeping Charleston in the hunt on the final day of play were seniors Mary Chandler Bryan (Chapin, S.C.), Morgan Webber (Moore, S.C.) and Louise Olsson (Uddeholm, Sweden). Olsson shot a final-round 73 to finish tied for 11th (+21), while Bryan was fourth (+14) and Webber fifth (+16).
Juniors Laura Fuenfstueck (Langen, Germany) and Vici Drechsler (Munich, Germany) tied for 15th (+24) and placed 28th (+32) respectively. Fuenfstueck has been ranked as high as No. 58 this season. CofC will await an announcement for individual postseason play at NCAA Regionals.
"We played with a lot of heart today," CofC Head Coach Jamie Futrell said. "We made a great run at the leaders early today, but could not sustain our momentum. It was Delaware's week. We competed well, but were beaten by a very hot team. I am proud of the team. We finished like champions to earn a second-place finish."
The average score through all three rounds was 81.47 with only six par-or-better individual rounds in the 40-player and eight-team field. William & Mary finished third (+74), UNCW fourth (+76), Elon fifth (+80), James Madison sixth (+116), Towson seventh (+121) and Hofstra eighth (+181).
The Cougars close out the 2015-16 campaign having made three Top-5 finishes against the nation’s best including a third-place finish at the Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Spring Classic and a tied for third-place finish at the UNF Collegiate.
Webber, Bryan, Olsson, Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany) and Stacey Tomlinson (Greeleyville, S.C.) will go down in school history as one of the best senior classes of all-time. They led the Cougars to nine of the Top-10 lowest team rounds in program history as well as five regular-season tournament wins, two conference titles and two NCAA Regional berths under Futrell.