McNeill places in tie for seventh at Palmetto Intercollegiate

McNeill places in tie for seventh at Palmetto Intercollegiate

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Hayley McNeill carded a final round even par 72 to surge into a tie for seventh place on Tuesday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, hosted by College of Charleston at Turtle Point Golf Club. CSU tallied a final round 18-over 306 to finish 14th as a team in its final event of the fall.

Ole Miss moved past Kennesaw State to claim the team title at +19 overall. The Owls finished eight strokes behind in second. Campbell rose up three spots to place third in the 17-team field. Old Dominion and Marshall rounded out the top five. The Rebels' Diane Lim earned medalist honors with a 54-hole total of -3. Xavier's Mikayla Fitzpatrick placed second at -2, and was the only other competitor in the 90-player field to finish in red numbers.

McNeill played her best golf of the fall after a rocky start to Tuesday's third round. She double bogeyed and bogeyed two of her first three holes, but was -3 over the remainder of the round. McNeill came in in two-under 34 on the front nine thanks to a run of three straight birdies at the par-four third, par-three fourth and par-five fifth holes.

Milleina Ohara shot a two-over 74 for CSU's second best score of the day, rising into a tie for 48th place in the process. Ohara notched 15 pars and finished her round in style with a birdie at the lengthy par-five tenth hole.

CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith lamented missed opportunities in the tournament, but is looking forward to the progress his club will make between now and the start of the spring campaign in February.

"We just had too many big numbers out there this week that cost us," Cram-Smith said. "The girls definitely didn't give up, though. Hayley was very steady again and played great today after a bad start. Milleina was good today as well and had a strong finish, birdieing her last hole."

Daniela Intriago (T-70th) and Andriel Aimua (T-63rd) contributed the Bucs' other counted scores with a 79 and an 81, respectively. Emelie Flink (T-81st) and Xuss Boira (T-85th) also competed for CSU.

The Bucs will begin their spring slate Feb. 25-27 at the Kiawah Island Spring Invitational.

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