Oct. 26, 2014
WILMINGTON, N.C. – No. 1 South Carolina rounded out its fall season with another top-three finish at the Landfall Tradition hosted by the UNC-Wilmington at the Country Club of Landfall this weekend. The Gamecocks fired a 3-over 291 in Sunday’s round to finish the 54-hole event tied for third at 7-over 871. Freshman Nanna Madsen took the runner-up spot finishing at 6-under.
South Carolina battled back over the last two days after finishing the first round on Friday tied for 12th and entering the final round in a tie for fifth. The Gamecocks got within three shots of the lead down the stretch, but could not overcome eventual winner Wake Forest (E) and runner up Alabama (+4).
With wins at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships along with a runner-up finish at the Tar Heel Invitational, the Gamecocks completed the most successful fall season in program history.
Madsen followed up her individual title at last weekend’s event with a runner-up finish today. After matching the tournament record with a 66 in the first round, Madsen shot back-to-back rounds of even par to finish the weekend at 6-under (210).
Senior Justine Dreher led the Gamecocks today, firing her best round of the weekend at 1-under 71. Dreher finished the tournament at 4-over 220 in a tie for 24th. One stroke behind her was sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh at 5-over after shooting a 4-over 76 in the final round.
Wake Forest took the title at even par with Alabama (+4) claiming the runner-up spot. South Carolina and Notre Dame tied for third at 7-over and Virginia rounded out the top five at 8-over.
On the individual side, UCF’s Ashley Holder won medalist’s honors, besting Madsen by one stroke at 7-under. Behind Madsen was Alabama’s Emma Talley at 5-under.
South Carolina posted 45 birdies over the course of the event, second-most in the field.
- Today’s third-place result is South Carolina’s best ever at the Landfall Tradition and freshman Nanna Madsen’s runner-up finish is the best result by a Gamecock at the event.
- Madsen’s 54-hole total of 210 is the third lowest score in school history. The score is the best of her collegiate career. Madsen shot a 66, the program’s second-best 18-hole score, in the first round to match a tournament record.
- With this weekend’s 54-hole score of 871, all four of South Carolina’s fall tournament totals place in the 10 lowest 54-hole scores of program history.
- After finishing three strokes behind Alabama today, the Gamecocks finished the fall 12-1 against SEC foes.
- The Gamecocks have finished in the top five of their last 11 regular-season tournaments.
QUOTABLE South Carolina Head Coach Kalen Harris
We battled back from a tough start today. We made a charge late and we got to within 2-3 shots of the lead with a few holes to play. The team showed a lot of character. We had a respectable finish today and a fall season to be proud of.
UP NEXT South Carolina will look to maintain its strong fall season this spring. The Gamecocks’ first tournament of 2015 will be the Florida State Match-Up (Feb. 13-15, 2015) at the Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla. South Carolina won the 2014 Florida State Match-Up.
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS 2. Nanna Madsen 66-72-72=210 (-6)
T24. Justine Dreher 75-74-71=220 (+4)
T32. Katelyn Dambaugh 74-71-76=221 (+5)
T41. Jia Xin Yang 78-71-73=222 (+6)
84. Mary Fran Hillow 84-73-75=232 (+16)
TEAM STANDINGS 1. Wake Forest 286-289-289=864 (E)
2. Alabama 290-290-288=868 (+4)
T3. South Carolina 293-287-291=871 (+7)
T3. Notre Dame 290-292-289=871 (+7)
5. Virginia 292-286-294=872 (+8)
6. Oklahoma State 290-285-298=873 (+9)
T7. Purdue 283-295-291=876 (+12)
T7. Duke 293-293-290=876 (+12)
9. Florida 288-292-297=878 (+14)
T10. Arizona 293-299-288=881 (+17)
T10. UCF 289-294-298=881 (+17)
12. NC State 301-290-293=884 (+21)
13. Tennessee 292-292-301=885 (+21)
14. North Carolina 292-299-298=889 (+25)
15. Ohio State 292-301-299=892 (+28)
16. UNC-Wilmington 315-303-296=914 (+49)
17. Michigan State 315-303-296=914 (+50)
18. Penn State 308-316-300=924 (+60)