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April 23, 2017


1. Katelyn Dambaugh
Round 1: 68 (-4)
Round 2: 70 (-2)
Round 3: 66 (-6)
To Par: -12
Place: Medalist
2. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 76 (+4)
Round 2: 73 (+1)
Match 3: 69 (-3)
To Par: +2
Place: T-25th
3. Ana Pelaez
Round 1: 70 (-2)
Round 2: 73 (+1)
Round 3: 77 (+5)
To Par: +4
Place: T-30th
4. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 72 (E)
Round 2: 74 (+2)
Round 3: 76 (+4)
To Par: +6
Place: T-36th
5. Jia Xin Yang
Round 1: 77 (+5)
Round 2: 74 (+2)
Round 3: 73 (+1)
To Par: +8
Place: T-42nd
Team Standings
Pos. Team R1 R2 R3 Total
1. Florida 284 280 278 842 (-22)
T2. Georgia 287 282 286 855 (-9)
T2. Alabama 295 285 275 855 (-9)
4. Arkansas 283 287 287 857 (-7)
T5. South Carolina 286 290 284 860 (-4)
T5. Texas A&M 282 290 288 860 (-4)
7. Tennessee 287 286 290 863 (-1)
8. LSU 294 295 287 873 (+9)
9. Vanderbilt 287 302 293 882 (+18)
10. Kentucky 291 296 298 885 (+21)
11. Mississippi State 295 300 292 887 (+23)
12. Missouri 302 295 292 889 (+25)
13. Ole Miss 296 295 300 891 (+27)
14. Auburn 300 297 297 894 (+30)
Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: April 21-23

Location: Hoover, Ala.

Course: Greystone Golf & Country Club (Legacy Course)

Par: 72

Yards: 6,202

HOOVER, Ala. — Senior Katelyn Dambaugh carded a final-round 66 (-6) en route to medalist honors at the 2017 SEC Championship Sunday afternoon at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Her three-round mark of 204 (-12), a new tournament and school record, secured a one-shot victory for the Goose Creek, S.C., native, who becomes the second Gamecock to capture SEC Championship Medalist Honors.

“It’s the best feeling ever,” Dambaugh said. “I have been so close recently, and I love coming here. Being able to win at one of my favorite golf courses is pretty special. I just went out there and played, and me and coach just went out there and tried to have fun. She said if we had fun, we’d do some special things — and we did.”

Through Dambaugh’s efforts, the No. 11 Gamecocks finished in a tie for fifth at the event with a three-day total of 860 (-4). Carolina moved up the leaderboard following its final-round 284 (-4), while No. 8 Florida won the team title with a mark of 842 (-22). Top-ranked Alabama and No. 6 Georgia rounded out the top three after sharing second-place honors with a 54-hole total of 855 (-9).

Sunday’s win marked the second career victory for Dambaugh, who grabbed medalist honors at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional last May. The senior joins former Gamecock standout Kristy McPherson (1999-2003) on the list of Carolina golfers to win the individual title at the SEC Championship. McPherson won back-to-back conference medalist honors from 2001-2002.

Dambaugh, who began her day two shots off the individual lead, notched a birdie on the par-3 second before catching fire down the stretch of her front nine. She birdied No. 7 and nearly recorded an ace on the par-3 eighth when her ball lipped out from 158 yards away. Dambaugh converted the short birdie putt, and she dropped to 10-under following a birdie on No. 9 after again sticking it close.

After playing her next four holes at even, Dambaugh extended her lead to four shots when she converted a birdie putt from off the green to get to 11-under. A great shot from the greenside bunker on No. 18 led to another short birdie attempt that she converted to post the final-round 66.

Junior Ainhoa Olarra finished tied for 25th (218, +2) after shooting a 3-under 69 Sunday to move 15 spots up the leaderboard. The San Sebastian, Spain, native totaled four birdies on her day, starting with back-to-back ones on Nos. 6 and 7. She made the turn at 1-under 35 and added birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 before notching pars on each of her final six holes.

Ana Pelaez placed in a tie for 30th with a three-day total of 220 (+4). The freshman was impressive in her postseason debut, carding a 2-under 70 on Friday before posting a 1-over 73 in Saturday’s second round. The Carolina newcomer ended her weekend with a 5-over 77 on the final day.

Senior Jia Xin Yang boasted her best round of the tournament Sunday, carding a 1-over 73. Yang, who finished in a tie for 42nd (224, +8), registered birdies on Nos. 6 and 13 to go with 13 pars. She closed her round with five-straight pars following her birdie on the par-3 13th. Freshman Marion Veysseyre fired a 4-over 76 in the third round and ended her week tied for 36th with a 54-hole mark of 222 (+6). Veysseyre recorded one birdie on her round, carding it on the par-5 third.

Round Changer

Following a bogey on No. 13, Katelyn Dambaugh responded down the stretch with birdies on No. 16 and 18. The senior has posted a final-round 66 (-6) in each of her last two appearances at the SEC Championship.


  • Senior Katelyn Dambaugh’s 204 (-12) bested the previous low 54-hole mark at the SEC Championship by three strokes. Her three-round total was two strokes better than the previous low 54-hole score in program history, which she set this past fall at the 2016 Cougar Classic.
  • Dambaugh now owns two of the top five 54-hole scores ever at the SEC Championship. Her 209 (-7) at last year’s tournament is the fifth-best mark ever, and her second-round 65 (-7) at the 2015 SEC Championship is tied for the lowest 18-hole mark in league tournament history.
  • Dambaugh is the fourth golfer in program history to notch multiple victories for her collegiate career. Both of her wins have come in postseason play.
  • Carolina’s 860 (-4) this weekend marked its lowest 54-hole score at the SEC Championship in school history.
  • The Gamecocks have placed in the top five in each of their last five appearances at the SEC Championship.

Up Next

South Carolina resumes postseason play next month at the NCAA Regionals, set for May 8-10. This year’s regional sites are Athens, Ga., Columbus, Ohio, Lubbock, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Gamecocks will learn their regional fate during the NCAA Division I Women’s Selection Show, which airs on Golf Channel on Thu., Apr. 27, at 11 a.m. ET.