Marchand Earns Co-Medalist Honors
Sept. 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Playing in only her second collegiate tournament, NC State freshman Brittany Marchand earned co-medalist honors at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic on Tuesday. Coming into the final round one-stroke back, Marchand shot a two-under (70) on Tuesday, and finished the 36-hole event at three-under (141).
The Starmount Fall Classic was held at the Bryan Park Players Course in Greensboro, N.C., and as was shorted to 36 holes after rain cancelled yesterday's second round.
As a team, NC State finished tied with East Carolina atop the 15-team field at 19-over (595) after the 36 holes. But due to the tiebreaker, counting the fifth golfer, the Pirates ended up with the team championship.
The tiebreaker came down to each team's fifth golfer in Tuesday's final round, East Carolina counted a three-over (75), while the Pack counted a six-over (78).
In the final round, the Pack had a nine-shot improvement from Sunday's first round at five-over (293). But East Carolina came out hotter, as the Pirates improved 25 strokes from first round action and had a team score of three-under (285) on Tuesday.
In Tuesday's final round, Marchand had the Pack's top score at two-under (70). After she recorded a double bogey on her first hole of the day, Marchand fired five birdies and 11 pars before a bogey on her final hole.
Marchand becomes the fourth NC State women's golfer to claim medalist honors at a tournament. The most recent was Lauren Doughtie winning the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate in October of 2008.
Alex Buelow of Stetson tied Marchand atop the leaderboard, after she birdied her final hole of the round.
Two more freshmen from NC State also brought home top 20 finishes. Ana Menendez finished in 11th place at five-over (149), while classmate Maureen Dunnagan was 14th at six-over (150). In Tuesday's final round, Menendez shot a three-over (75) and Dunnagan had a one-over (73).
Rounding out the Pack's lineup, sophomore Haley Hammond finished the two rounds at 13-over (157), and senior Brooke Baker was 14-over (158).
Redshirt freshman Caroline Ellington competed as an individual, and finished in 26th place at nine-over (153). In Tuesday's final round, Ellington improved five-strokes and shot a two-over (74), with a pair of birdies.