(Montgomery, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s golf team headed to the Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama for the final time on Wednesday morning to cap off action at the 2017 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Women’s Golf Championship.
After carding a 308 (+20) in yesterday’s second round, the Wolf Pack returned to the Arrowhead Country Club in fourth place and holding a slim three-stroke advantage over fifth place Brenau University. Loyola was unable to hold that lead through day three, however, as the Wolf Pack’s 314 on Wednesday was bested by the Golden Tigers’ 310. Brenau would end the tournament at 948 (+84) to overtake the Wolf Pack (949, +85) by a single stroke for fourth place. Despite dropping one spot on the final day of action, Loyola’s fifth place finish at the event marked the best finish by a Wolf Pack women’s golf team in a SSAC Championship in program history.
Leading for the entirety of the tournament, Dalton State claimed the team championship after carding an 899 (+5) through day three to take the victory by four strokes over William Carey (906, +9).
After squandering a five-stroke lead on Tuesday afternoon, Dalton State’s Tia Teiniketo managed to shoot a 73 (+1) on Wednesday to edge out William Carey’s April Leonard (74, +2) for individual medalist honors by a single stroke (Teiniketo – 218 /Leonard – 219).
For the Wolf Pack, Ashley Roger claimed ninth in Montgomery after tallying a 77 (+5) on Wednesday to finish the tournament with a 231 (+15).
Daria Delfino (SO/Cranston, R.I.) was the biggest climber for Loyola on day three, jumping up five spots on Wednesday to end the tournament T13 with a combined score of 235 (+19). Fellow 2017 SSAC All-Conference selection Julchen Narwark (SR/Buchholz in der Nordheide, .de) ended her Wolf Pack career with a T18 finish in Montgomery after carding a 239 (+23) in her final outing with the maroon and gold. Fellow senior Megan Keck (SR/Sedalia, Mo.) ended the championship at T28 with a 248 (+32) while Alexis Hazard (SR/Pensacola, Fla.) tallied a total score of 252 (+36) to claim 30th place in the senior’s final collegiate competition.