Hagsund Claims 4th In Golfweek Challenge
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
MURRELLS INLET, South Carolina - Senior Sofia Hagsund carded an even par 71 in the final round Tuesday to claim fourth place as the inaugural Golfweek Program Challenge came to a close at the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club.
Hagsund's even-par finish to the event gave the Landskrona, Sweden product a tournament total of four-over-par 217 (72-74-71). The fourth place result matched the best individual finish of Hagsund's career, equaling her tie of fourth-place in the Lady Jaguar Invitational during her sophomore campaign.
Sophomore Laverry Kumar posted a five-over-par 76 on Tuesday to claim a share of 10th place at eight-over-par 221 (74-71-76).
Sophomore Lori Beth Adams ended the event in a tie for 22nd with a 12-over-par scorecard of 225 (74-75-76). Jjunior Alexa Park (85-76-82=243/T-53rd) and sophomore Megan Burnham (79-80-81=248/57th) rounded out the Seahawks lineup.
"Sofia (Hagsund) was steady in all three rounds as she posted the second top-five finish of her career," said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "This was a great start to her senior year and hopefully she can use this event to build towards greater things in her final season with the program. Laverry (Kumar) was right there as well this week and Lori Beth (Adams) played much better than her score reflected. Those three are the key to the program's success and now it's of the utmost importance that we find the depth to support them."
South Florida's Christina Miller posted a tournament-low 66 over the final 18 holes to surpass second-round lead Nicole Sakamoto of James Madison and take home individual medalist honors with a four-under-par finish of 209 (73-70-66). Sakamoto ended up two shots back of Miller in second with 54-hole result of 211 (69-71-71). East Carolina's Julia Strandberg claimed third with a three-over-par scorecard of 216 (68-76-72).
UNCW shot a final round 304 to take sixth place with a three-day total of 899 (299-296-304), 14 strokes ahead of seventh-place Troy (303-310-300=913).
East Carolina (283-297-291=871) combined for a seven-over-par 291 on Tuesday to lead wire-to-wire and claim the team title by seven strokes over second place James Madison (291-290-297=878). Campbell took third with a three-day total of 883 (292-295-296).
"Today we got off to a slow start and that really put us in a bind since we needed to get off to a good start and put some pressure on the leaders," said Ho. "I felt we battled to right the ship on the front nine, only to see us make the turn and give that momentum right back. Overall, we would have liked to finish higher, but this was still a good experience for us. It gave us a chance to get out on the course earlier than we're used to and see what we need to improve on as we prepare for the rest of the season."
UNCW will take a break before returning to action Oct.3-4 when it takes part in the Windy City Classic at the Glen View Club. The 54-hole event will be hosted by Northwestern.