KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Hayley McNeill finished tied for 55th place and Natthakan Teeratraku and Milleina Ohara each carded five-over par 77's to lead Charleston Southern on the final day of the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Club. CSU finished 18th as a team.
Campbell jumped from third to take the team title with a 15-over par three-round total of 879. The Fighting Camels edged Coastal Carolina by two strokes and host College of Charleston by four. Ole Miss's Katy Harris fired a three-under 69 to earn individual honors. Harris finished one shot ahead of Coastal's Malene Krolboll Hansen and four ahead of a group of three players at even par.
CSU entered the tournament looking to punctuate a strong fall but could never fully get in sync. Teeratraku and Ohara shot one-over and three-under on the front nine, their final nine of the day, to finish strong. Ohara had an eagle at the par-five fifth hole and followed with a birdie at the par-four sixth.
McNeill and Bella Johnson each recorded 78's on Tuesday. Johnson shot even par on the back nine, notching birdies on numbers 11 and 13. Shelby Thompson was a solid two-over on the front nine but struggled on the back to finish at ten-over 82.
CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith remarked on a quality fall campaign that saw the Bucs earn three top-seven finishes in five events.
"Well, not every tournament is going to be great and unfortunately this was not the best one for us," Cram-Smith said. "The girls were well-prepared and just started over-thinking things out there for the most part and maybe trying too hard got us in trouble. There was still a lot of good golf played but just way too many penalty shots and wasted opportunities."
"It's definitely something to learn and come out and get off to a great start in the spring," Cram-Smith continued. "I'm proud of the girls for the fall season they've had, which included a couple of the lowest rounds ever in CSU history. They all definitely matured a bit this fall. I know they're looking forward to the spring season."
CSU will tee off its spring slate Feb. 26-28 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic at Osprey Point Golf Club.