HANAHAN, S.C. – Charleston Southern improved its round one score by nine strokes in Monday's final round of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club. Tuesday's scheduled third round was cancelled due to the approach of Hurricane Florence to the Carolinas, shortening the championship to 36 holes. CSU finished 19th as a team.
Florida, at an impressive -30, edged Vanderbilt by three shots to win the team title. Arkansas, Furman and Florida State rounded out the top-five in a stacked field featuring eight of Golfstat's top-40 ranked teams. The Gators' Sierra Brooks recorded an event record ten-under par 62 to surge to -17 overall and cruise to individual honors. Vanderbilt's Courtney Zeng placed second at -10.
Senior Andriel Aimua (T-72nd) closed with a team-best two-over 74 to pace the Bucs at +7 overall. Aimua played both sides at +1 and finished with a flurry, dropping in a birdie putt at the par-five 18th.
Promising freshman Ellen Hume (T-78th) provided one of CSU's other highlights of the day with an eagle at No. 18. Hume opened with a strong 74 in Sunday's first round.
Daniela Intriago (T-83rd) chipped in CSU's second best round Monday with a 75. She had 13 pars, including eight as part of a one-over par back nine.
CSU will be away from competition for nearly a month, before teeing it up at the Pinehurst Challenge Oct. 8-9.