Women’s golf turns in third place finish at SoCon tourney

Samantha Stallings

The women’s golf team shot its lowest score at the SoCon Championship since joining the conference in 2008, ending the season with a third place finish for the second straight season.Bailey Gray SoCon drive

“I’m so proud of this team,” head coach Rachel Ingram said. “I was really hoping that we would clip Chattanooga for second place there at the end, but I’m still so very proud of them.”

Samford finished the tournament with a team score of 881, which is the lowest three-round score the team turned in this year. The Bulldogs finished just one stroke behind Chattanooga.

Individually, four Bulldogs finished in the top 20. Senior Bailey Gray finished tied for sixth (217), senior Emily Stallings tied for 11th (220), sophomore Sydney Needham tied for 13th (221) and sophomore Haley Harrington placed 20th (226).

Notably, Gray shot a 4-under- par 68 in the second round on Monday, becoming one of just eight golfers in SoCon Championship history to tally that low of a score.

“This was a tough competition,” Gray said. “As a team, I thought that we played some of our best golf, and individually, I thought I did a good job of rebounding from a tough start in the first round.”

Collectively, the team shot 299 in Sunday’s opening round, 290 in Monday’s second round and 292 in Tuesday’s final round.

“This was our best team total in a SoCon Championship and it’s exciting for our team,” Ingram said. “I’m very excited about the future. I’m obviously sad to see the seniors go, but I’m looking forward to our new freshmen coming in next season and I’m hopeful that we can continue to build on this performance and arc towards success in the future.”

Furman won the competition by 22 strokes with a 54-hole total 858. The Paladins’ Taylor Totland and Alice Chen placed first and second.

Samford finished its season ranked in the top 100 in Golfweek rankings, capping off the ‘Dogs fifth top-five finish this season.

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