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Women's Golf

No. 13 South Carolina Places Sixth At Mason Rudolph Championship
Sept. 17, 2017

1. Anita Uwadia
Round 1: 71
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 72
To Par: -3
Place: T22
2. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 72
Round 2: 76
Round 3: 66
To Par: -2
Place: T30
3. Ana Pelaez
Round 1: 74
Round 2: 71
Round 3: 69
To Par: -2
Place: T30
4. Lois Kaye Go
Round 1: 73
Round 2: 70
Round 3: 73
To Par: E
Place: T35
5. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 73
Round 2: 73
Round 3: 73
To Par: +3
Place: T44

No. 13 Women's Golf at Mason Rudolph Championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 13 South Carolina women's golf placed sixth at the Mason Rudolph Championship after firing a final-round 280 (-8) Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Senior Ainhoa Olarra (T30, -2) posted a career-best 66 (-6) in the third round for the Gamecocks, who totaled an 853 (-11) for the tournament.

Olarra, one of three Carolina golfers to shoot par or better Sunday, carded seven birdies and an eagle on the par-4 10th en route to her lowest career 18-hole mark. A strong back nine sparked her performance, as the San Sebastian, Spain, native notched an eagle on No. 10 before recording back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. Olarra added three-straight birdies on Nos. 15, 16, and 17 and ended her day with a par on No. 18.

Gamecock sophomore Anita Uwadia (T22, -3) earned a top-25 finish after shooting a 72 (E) on day three. She was steady in the final round, racking up 14 pars to go with birdies on the par-3 fifth and par-5 18th. Uwadia's 10 birdies for the tournament were tied with Olarra for the team lead.

Ana Pelaez, who tied for 30th at 2-under 214, also sported a solid showing on the way to a final-round 69 (-3). Birdies on Nos. 2, 8 and 9 gave her a front-nine 33 (-3), and the Malaga, Spain, native closed her weekend with a par on each of her final nine holes. Pelaez's showing marked her second-straight round of under par.

Fellow sophomore Lois Kaye Go (T35, E) and junior Marion Veysseyre (T44, +3) both shot a 1-over 73 Sunday. Go was even through her final nine holes in a stretch highlighted by birdies on Nos. 14 and 18, while Veysseyre closed her day with eight-straight pars.

Eighth-ranked Arkansas won the Mason Rudolph Championship with a three-day total of 823 (-41), while No. 3 Alabama (2nd, -35) and No. 4 Arizona State (3rd, -25) rounded out the top three. Maria Fassi of the Razorbacks and Lauren Stephenson of the Crimson Tide share medalist honors after totaling a 200 (-16).

QUOTING COACH Kalen Anderson

"It was a great day today for our Spaniards. The team was consistent all weekend, and all five contributed. There is a lot of fight in this group. It was a solid start to the year, and it's a good foundation to build from."


Ainhoa Olarra caught fire after the turn Sunday, tallying five birdies and a an eagle on the par-4 10th. The Gamecock sophomore was one of 15 golfers to notch an eagle at the Mason Rudolph Championship.


  • By finishing three spots ahead of Clemson (9th, +3), the Gamecocks earned a point for South Carolina in the 2017-18 Palmetto Series.

  • South Carolina led the 15-team field this weekend in par-3 scoring average (2.97) and total pars (186).

  • Gamecock senior Ainhoa Olarra's 66 (-6) Sunday marked the fifth-best 18-hole performance in program history.

  • Carolina sophomore Anita Uwadia's performance this weekend resulted in her second career top-25 finish. She tied for 11th at the 2016 ANNIKA Intercollegiate.


South Carolina continues its fall season next month when it competes at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Eden Prairie, Minn. The three-day tournament takes place Oct. 1-3 at Olympic Hills Golf Club, and this season marks the Gamecocks' fourth appearance at the event.




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