March 20, 2018
No. 9 Women's Golf at Evans Derby Experience
AUBURN, Ala. -- Women's golf senior standout Ainhoa Olarra earned a top-three finish at the Evans Derby Experience after carding a final-round 71 (-1) Tuesday at Auburn University Club. Olarra finished with a three-round mark of 209 (-7) to tie for third at the 54-hole event.
The No. 9 Gamecocks posted a 290 (+2) for the second-consecutive day en route to sixth-place honors. Carolina, one of four top-10 teams in the field, finished at 2-over 866.
Olarra, who began her day on No. 7, totaled four birdies in her under-par performance. She notched her first birdie of the round on the par-4 ninth before adding three more on her back nine in a stretch highlighted by back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5.
Gamecock sophomore Lois Kaye Go also garnered a top-20 finish, placing in a tie for 17th with a three-round total of 214 (-2). Go fired a 2-under 70 Tuesday behind four birdies and 12 pars. She registered three birdies over her opening nine holes before closing her day in style with another birdie on her final hole, the par-5 seventh.
Marion Veysseyre (T26, +1) finished just outside the top 25 following a 1-over 73 in round three. She continued to rack up pars on the final day, logging 13 to go with birdies on Nos. 3 and 8.
Fellow sophomores Ana Pelaez and Anita Uwadia both tied for 50th after totaling a 229 (+13) for the tournament. Uwadia notched a pair of birdies in the final round and shot a 4-over 76, while Pelaez turned in a 6-over 78.
Carolina junior Gaby Amos, who competed as an individual this week, shot a 5-over 77 to finish in a tie for 59th with a 54-hole score of 231 (+15). Amos shot par or better on 14 of her 18 holes Monday.
No. 3 Arkansas shot the low round of the day (277, -11) and finished atop the leaderboard with a three-day total of 836 (-28). Fifth-ranked Duke (845, -19) placed second, while second-ranked Alabama (850, -14) rounded out the top three. Maria Fassi took home the individual crown, finishing at 14-under 202.
QUOTING COACH Kalen Anderson
"It was another impressive showing for Ainhoa in a very strong field. She, Lois and Marion are playing very solid, steady golf. When we can get our 4 and 5 spots peaking, we'll be playing some of our best golf. It's time to get prepared for the Bryan Park National and the SEC Championship."
ROUND CHANGER Marion Veysseyre
Ainhoa Olarra closed a solid showing at the Evans Derby Experience on a high note, registering birdies on two of her final three holes. She finished the week as one of two Gamecocks with double-digit birdies.
South Carolina closes out the regular season at the 2018 Bryan National Collegiate in April. The three-round event at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C., is set for Apr. 6-8.
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