April 12, 2015
TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 4 South Carolina finished with a 54-hole total of 870 (+6) to tie for fourth at the PING/ASU Invitational at the ASU Karsten Golf Course after going 10-over (298) in the final round on Sunday. Sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh led the Gamecocks, taking fifth after finishing the tournament at 3-under.
The tournament featured the top five teams in the nation according to the latest Golfstat Relative Rankings. Southern Cal, the nation’s top-ranked team, tied for fourth with the Gamecocks, No. 5 Duke finished tied for seventh (+9). No. 3 UCLA was 15-over to take ninth and No. 2 Washington struggled, rounding out the weekend at 22-over to finish 14th.
Dambaugh, who became just the seventh player to post a round of 66 or better in Gamecock history yesterday, shot a 2-over 74 in Sunday’s final round. Dambaugh rounded out the tournament with a 3-under 213 for the tournament for her third collegiate top-five finish.
Senior Justine Dreher and junior Sarah Schmelzel also posted 74’s on Sunday. Dreher completed the tournament at 1-under to finish tied for 10th with a 54-hole total of 215. Schmelzel, an Arizona native, completed the event at 4-over (220) to tie for 27th.
Junior Mary Fran Hillow was 7-over for the tournament, after posting a round of 76 on Sunday (T45). Freshman Ainhoa Olarra shot an 80 (+8) in the final round to post a 228 (+12) over the 54 holes (T66).
Playing as an individual, sophomore Jia Xin Yang, rounded out her weekend at 4-over (220) after posting a round of 81 on Sunday.
No. 8 Arizona was the only team to finish the tournament under par, carding firing a score of 3-under (861) for the weekend to capture the title. Baylor and No. 25 Arizona State tied for second at 4-over and the Gamecocks tied with Southern Cal for fourth at 6-over.
- South Carolina holed 40 birdies over the course of the tournament, bested only by Stanford and Arizona (both with 45).
- The finish extends the Gamecocks top-five finishes in stroke play to 15 regular season tournaments.
UP NEXT South Carolina begins postseason play at the SEC Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The event at the Greystone Golf & Country Club begins April 17 and runs through April 19.
SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS 5. Katelyn Dambaugh 73-66-74=213 (-3)
T10. Justine Dreher 70-71-74=215 (-1)
T27. Sarah Schmelzel 72-74-74=220 (+4)
T27. Jia Xin Yang (Indiv.) 69-70-81=220 (+4)
T45 Mary Fran Hillow 73-74-76=223 (+7)
T66. Ainhoa Olarra 75-73-80=228 (+12)
TEAM STANDINGS 1. Arizona 288-276-297=861 (-3)
T2. Baylor 292-287-289=868 (+4)
T2. Arizona State 287-290-291=868 (+4)
T4. South Carolina 288-284-298=870 (+6)
T4. Southern Cal 289-287-294=870 (+6)
6. Stanford. 288-287-296=871 (+7)
T7. Texas 291-283-299=873 (+9)
T7. Duke 286-293-294=873 (+9)
9. UCLA 292-288-299=879 (+15)
10. Oklahoma 293-294-293=880 (+16)
11. Arkansas 284-298-301=883 (+19)
T12. Alabama 289-293-302=884 (+20)
T12. San Diego State 302-291-291=884 (+20)
14. Washington 290-293-303=886 (+22)
15. UNLV 296-294-305=895 (+31)