The coronavirus outbreak that canceled faculty spring sports activities seasons worn out a top-10 marketing campaign for USC’s golf ladies’s group, however the Gamecocks have served discover in two fall tournaments that nice expectations should not simply wishful pondering.
Coach Kalen Anderson’s squad started the three-event fall with a third-place end in a match composed of Southeastern Convention groups in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Gamecocks adopted the previous few days by rolling to the championship within the Ally, one other match heavy on SEC competitors, in West Level, Mississippi.
“Towards a number of the greatest groups within the nation, we went out and (received),” Anderson stated. “That offers us a whole lot of confidence going ahead, and our targets are very excessive.”
Carolina will get yet another probability to make a fall assertion within the East Lake Cup, a prestigious invitational in Atlanta that might be televised by the Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. Monday although Wednesday. The Gamecocks might be joined within the ladies’s subject by Texas and SEC rivals Ole Miss and Florida.
“We simply wish to do our greatest every week and hold enhancing,” Anderson stated after the Gamecocks’ five-shot win within the Mississippi match. “We’ll be coming off a excessive in Atlanta, however we’ll be excited to be on the market once more.”
Though two gamers, one an All-American, opted out of the autumn season because of coronavirus issues and one other skilled an issue touring from her native South Africa, the Gamecocks’ lineup is a perfect combination of expertise and expertise. Three of the present 5 have earned All-America recognition and freshman Paula Kirner is ranked No. 100 within the ladies’s world beginner golf rankings.
Sophomore Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, No. 4 on the earth, ran away with the person title in Mississippi, posting a 14-under-par 202 for 3 rounds to win by seven strokes. Her rating is the bottom for 54 holes in this system’s historical past.
“She will go actually low any time,” Anderson stated of Roussin-Bouchard, who individually has two titles, 4 top-five finishes and 6 prime 10s in her eight-tournament faculty profession.
Senior Lois Kaye Go positioned ninth and sophomore Mathilde Claisse twelfth in Mississippi. That Kirner and graduate scholar Pimnipa Panthong, twenty seventh on the earth rankings, completed down the listing and USC nonetheless received convincingly speaks volumes.
“The fantastic thing about this group is that each participant can go low,” stated Anderson, in her 14th season at Carolina. “Pauline did it this match. The others can do the identical. If we get two or three scorching on the identical time, we’ll be onerous to beat.
“Take into consideration this. Pim completed 9 over par for the match and we nonetheless received by 5. That’s a shock in a means, however that tells in regards to the high quality of our depth.”
Historical past means that fall success is barely the start. Anderson focuses on her group peaking for the championship tournaments within the spring, and the report exhibits the system works. The Gamecocks have received 5 NCAA Regional titles since 2010 and have superior to the nationwide championship tourney eight of the previous 10 years.
“(The nationwide match) is all the time the purpose,” she stated. “We’re excited. We simply have to hold targeted on getting higher, and we’ll see how far we will go.”
The 2 fall tournaments recommend these lofty targets are real looking.
Chip pictures. Lexington’s Lauren Stephenson earned an exemption into the U.S. Girls’s Open, set for December in Houston, together with her top-10 end within the KPMG Girls’s LPGA Championship. Seneca’s Austin Ernst and former USC participant Nanna Madsen certified earlier, and, primarily based on world rating, present USC gamers Pauline Roussin-Bouchard and Pimnipa Panthong might obtain spots reserved for amateurs in November. … USC’s males open play Sunday within the second of three fall tournaments, the Legends Collegiate Invitational in Franklin, Tennessee. The Gamecocks completed fourth of their opener in Arkansas. … Duke Delcher (Bluffton) captured the SCGA’s Harry Wilson Tremendous Senior Championship for gamers ages 65-69 at Florence CC. Delcher, a former U.S. Walker Cup participant, posted a last 70 for a two-day complete of 144, one shot higher than Rick Cobb (Taylors) and John Dennis (Greenville). Within the Legends Division for gamers 70 and older, Mike Weiner (Kiawah Island) edged Carey Hite (Columbia) and David Crocker (Bluffton) in a playoff.