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Oct. 17, 2003

The South Carolina women’s golf team travels to Knoxville, Tennessee, this weekend for the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. The 54-hole championship runs Sunday, October 19th through Tuesday, October 21st at the Fox Den Country Club (6,201 yards, par 72). After a practice round on Saturday afternoon, USC tees off in Sunday’s first round at 10:00 a.m. with Michigan State and Ohio State.

In last year’s event, Auburn dethroned reigning Mercedes-Benz champion Purdue, as the Tigers blew by the second-day top-three to clinch the 2002 tournament title at the Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club. North Carolina’s Ashley Prange seized her first collegiate medal with a three-day 218 (72-70-76 –

Playing in its third and last tournament of the fall season, the 22nd-ranked Gamecocks did not compete in the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Championship but have competed in the tournament in four of the past six seasons.

South Carolina fivesome will be comprised of Adrienne Gautreaux, Tiffany Catafygiotu, Marci Robinson, Jenna Pearson and Laura McCaslin. Erica Battle will compete as an individual.

Senior Adrienne Gautreaux leads the Gamecocks with a 74.50 stroke average after two events. Sophomore Laura McCaslin is second at 76.50.


Adrienne Gautreaux 2 6 447 74.50 69 (Mason Rudolph, 3rd Rd.) 0-1-1
Laura McCaslin 2 6 459 76.50 72 (Mason Rudolph, 2nd Rd.) 0-0-1
Marci Robinson 2 6 460 76.67 74 (TOPY Cup, 2nd Rd.) 0-1-0
Tiffany Catafygiotu 2 6 471 78.50 76 (3x, last Mason Rudolph, 2nd Rd.) 0-0-1
Kory Thompson 2 6 479 79.83 77 (Mason Rudolph, 3rd Rd.) 0-0-0
Erica Battle 1 3 241 80.33 79 (Mason Rudolph, 1st Rd.) 0-0-0

Par or Better Rounds (2): Gautreaux 1, McCaslin 1.