KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern freshman Ellen Hume fired a final round two-under par 70 to cap an impressive T-7th place showing at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Classmate Natalie Nelson added a career-best 74 to help CSU to its best single-round score of the fall season.
The Bucs placed 16th as a team and bested Elon and Western Carolina. Host College of Charleston capped off a wire-to-wire victory with a five-under par final round. Campbell finished 11 shots back in second, holding off Kansas for runner-up honors by three strokes. The Fighting Camels' Emily Hawkins carded a tournament-low 67 to surge to -4 and share medalist honors with the Cougars' Victoria Huskey and Clarissa von Stosch.
Hume and Nelson's efforts, along with a 76 from senior Andriel Aimua, pushed CSU to a +13 301 Tuesday at Turtle Point Golf Club. Hume put the finishing touches on an outstanding debut semester in style, playing her final 15 holes at three-under par after a bogey at No. 18. The London native birdied two par 3's and two par 5's to bump up nine spots from her standing at the start of the day.
Nelson, meanwhile, birdied three of her final four holes to help the Bucs close strong. Aimua did the same by birdieing her last two holes.
"I'm really proud of the girls for the way they finished off this tournament with our best score of the fall," CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith said. "Ellen played really well again today and finished just one shot outside being on the all-tournament team."
"The biggest highlight of the day, though, was from Natalie Nelson who shot a career-low 74, which included a one-under back nine which really helped our team," Cram-Smith continued. "It was good to get all of our freshmen some playing time this fall to let me see where we need to improve over the winter. I think it will be a big improvement in the spring and today showed the girls how close they are to shooting some really good scores."
CSU will start its spring slate Feb. 24-26 at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic.