PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Charleston Southern senior Hayley McNeill recorded her eighth career top-ten finish and first of the season by tying for fourth place at the Jacksonville Classic. McNeill posted an even par 72 in Tuesday's final round to pace CSU to a fifth-place finish at Marsh Landing Country Club.
The Bucs entered the third round within striking distance of a top-three showing but could not close the gap while shooting a team score of 20-over par 308. Host Jacksonville held onto the clubhouse lead to take the team title with a composite score of +24. The Dolphins beat out second-place Seminole State College of Florida by nine shots, and third-place Daytona State College by 12. CSU finished five back of Flagler College for fourth, but did place ahead of Jacksonville State, Georgia State and UAB, among others.
Jacksonville's Michelle Forsland defeated teammate Amanda Detmer in a sudden-death playoff to claim medalist honors. The Dolphin duo finished 54-hole stroke play at -1, one shot clear of third-place Worapitcha Anndit of Seminole State.
McNeill was in position to take fourth place all by herself but bogeyed No.'s 2 and 4 – two of her final three holes of the day – to slip back to +4 220 overall. The Australian was outstanding for much of the round, highlighting her effort with a clean back nine. McNeill birdied the par-four 10th and 12th holes, and added another at the lengthy par-five 15th, to come in at three-under 33. The run helped McNeill climb six spots on the leaderboard en route to a top-five finish in the 81-player field.
CSU seniors Emelie Flink and Milleina Ohara also placed in the top fifth of the field to lead coach Matt Cram-Smith's Bucs. Flink shot a final round 76, struggling some on the back nine after posting a one-under front side. Ohara tallied a 79 and played her best golf on the back nine, putting together a seven-hole stretch (No.'s 12-18) at level par.
"It was a nice improvement from last week and there were some really impressive rounds out there this week," Cram-Smith said. "The course was wet and very windy. Hayley played great again and really showed outstanding consistency from tee to green. Hopefully, we can continue to shoot lower scores at Pinehurst next week."
The Bucs will return to action next week at the Pinehurst Challenge, held at prestigious Pinehurst #1. College of Charleston will play host to the event.