Ohara's strong effort leads CSU at Pinehurst Challenge

Ohara's strong effort leads CSU at Pinehurst Challenge

PINEHURST, N.C. – Charleston Southern senior Milleina Ohara tallied an impressive 54-hole total of three-over par 219 to finish in a tie for 30th place at the Pinehurst Challenge. CSU tied for 18th as a team in the event, played at Pinehurst's prestigious No. 1 course.

East Carolina posted its second consecutive under-par round (-7 281) on Tuesday to claim the team title at -17 overall. Coastal Carolina (-9), Old Dominion (-5) and Maryland (-1) all finished in red numbers as well. Jacksonville State's Valentina Giraldo (-8) overtook Coastal's Malene Krolboll Hansen (-7) to claim medalist honors. Jacksonville's Michelle Forsland and Towson's Alix Lowe finished two off the pace in the 100-player field.

Coming off the best effort of her career – a two-under 70 – in Monday's second round, Ohara carded a 74 on Tuesday to secure a spot in the top third of the strong field. Ohara played the front nine in one-under par 34 thanks in part to birdies at the par-five 4th and par-three 7th. A stretch of three bogeys over her final six holes kept the Bucs' senior from a potential top-20 showing.

CSU struggled as a team on Tuesday, piecing together a +19 307. The Bucs recorded one of their better rounds of the fall in Monday's first round (+8 296).

Hayley McNeill (T-38th) shot a final round 76 to finish at +4 overall. She opened with a double bogey and a bogey at No.'s 15 and 16 before going +1 over the remaining 16 holes. The Australian birdied the par-four 10th and 12th holes to climb back into the top-40 of the field.

Emelie Flink (81st), Andriel Aimua (86th) and Xuss Boira (T-93rd) rounded out coach Matt Cram-Smith's lineup for the Bucs. Aimua shot a 78 on Tuesday but played some of her best golf of the young season for large stretches. She was +2 through 14 holes before back-to-back double bogeys at No's 13 and 14.

CSU will wrap up its fall campaign Oct. 22-24 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, hosted by College of Charleston at Kiawah Island's Turtle Point Golf Club.

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