GREENVILLE, N.C. – Charleston Southern senior Hayley McNeill carded a final round one-under par 71 to surge into a tie for 11th place at the Pirate Collegiate Classic on Tuesday. McNeill was one of only five players to score in the red, leading CSU to a tenth-place showing as a team.
Host East Carolina captured its third straight title in the event with a tournament record final tally of one-over par 865. The Pirates' Dorthea Forbrigd edged teammate Kate Law on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to take medalist honors in the 90-player field. The ECU duo both totaled 54-hole marks of -1. Western Kentucky finished runner-up at +14, while Towson placed third at +22.
McNeill birdied three of the first five holes on the front nine – her final nine of the day – en route to going out in two-under 34. The Australian closed in steady fashion with four consecutive pars to tie ECU's Kathryn Carson for 11th place with a composite score of +5. McNeill finished just one shot out of tenth, and two back of a five-way tie for fifth.
Emelie Flink was the other top performer for coach Matt Cram-Smith's Bucs, finishing in a tie for 45th. She had four bogeys on the back nine and bogeyed 1, 2 and 3 before recovering with even-par golf over the final third of her round to shoot 78.
Milleina Ohara recorded a final round 79 to place in a tie for 49th at +19. She dropped in three birdies on the front nine to go out in 37 and finish near the top half of the field.
CSU will return to action next week at the Jacksonville Classic in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.