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Sept. 16, 2008

HANAHAN, S.C. – South Carolina shot a final-round 296 (+8) Tuesday to finish the Cougar Classic in seventh place, led by two players finishing among the top 15. The Gamecocks matched their second-round score in the final round, scoring 882 (209-296-296) over three rounds at Yeamans Hall Golf Course in the season opener.

Gamecock freshman Katie Burnett enjoyed her first collegiate event, picking up eighth place with a three-round total of 213 (-3). After matching 70s in the first two rounds, Burnett carded a 73 (+1) on Tuesday. She battled on the front nine, making the turn at four-over before rallying down the stretch. Consecutive birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 started the surge, and she added a birdie on the par-5 18th to close on a high note.

The tournament’s second-best scorer on the par-5s, junior Bénédicte Toumpsin also shot 73 (+1) in the final round to finish in 11th place with a three-round total of 215 (-1). In the top 10 after rounds of 70 and 72, respectively, Toumpsin was steady in the final trip around the course. After a bogey on No. 10 pushed her to two-over, she carded pars on consecutive par-4s then birdied the par-3 13th hole. Like Burnett, she capped her round with a birdie on 18 to close out her 73.

Junior Taylor Barrett continued her move up the individual standings and a 74 (+2) in the final round, helping her finish at 226 (+10) in a tie for 45th place. She scored 76 (+4) in each of the first two rounds with the second coming via four bogeys in the final five holes. That battle continued early in round three. After scoring par on the first two holes, carded three birdies among four bogeys over the rest of her first nine holes. As she had done in the first two rounds, she matched her teammates’ birdies on No. 18.

In 59th place with a tournament total of 229 (+13), senior Meredith Taylor closed the event with a 77 (+5) on Tuesday. Struggling through the first seven holes, she leveled out her game to score par on the remaining 11 holes of the round. Junior Corrine Carr rounded out the South Carolina team in 94th place at 239 (+23). She steadily improved throughout the tournament, capping it with a final-round 76 (+4) after shooting 85 and 78 in the first two rounds, respectively. Her more characteristic final-round score was marked by 13 pars and a birdie.

No. 9 Georgia held off a hard charge from No. 10 Alabama to win the team title by five strokes, despite a final-round 291, its highest round of the tournament. Florida State’s Caroline Westrup claimed individual medalist honors with a final-round 66 (-6) to finish at 206 (-10), two strokes ahead of Virginia’s Whitney Neuhauser.

South Carolina takes two weeks off before heading north to the Lady Tar Heel Invitational at UNC Finley Golf Course Oct. 3-5.

Team Scores
1. Georgia 288-279-291=858 (-6)
2. Alabama 293-288-282=863 (-1)
3. North Carolina 292-296-284=872 (+8)
4. Virginia 288-292-294=874 (+10)
5. Florida State 292-299-284=875 (+11)
6. LSU 297-290-291=878 (+14)
7. South Carolina 290-296-296=882 (+18)
8. Notre Dame 297-292-297=886 (+22)
9. Furman 301-292-299=892 (+28)
10. Tulane 303-300-292=895 9+31)
11. North Carolina State 291-302-308=901 (+37)
12. College of Charleston 300-301-302=903 (+39)
13. Mississippi State 305-300-299=904 (+40)
14. Wisconsin 301-307-300=908 (+44)
15. Tennessee 308-295-311=914 (+50)
16. Mississippi 307-307-305=919 (+55)
17. Maryland 303–308-309=920 (+56)
18. UNC Greensboro 315-309-299=923 (+59)
19. Miami (Fla) 308-308-308=924 (+60)
20. South Florida 304-306-320=930 (+66)
21. Charleston Southern 322-306-308=936 (+72)
22. Richmond 310-315-317=942 (+78)

South Carolina Scores
Katie Burnett 70-70-73=213 (-3) 8th Bénédicte Toumpsin 70-72-73=215 (-1) 11th Taylor Barrett 76-76-74=226 (+10) T-45th Meredith Taylor 74-78-77=229 (+13) T-59th Corrine Carr 85-78-76=239 (+23) T-94th