CAA Press Release
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (April 20, 2014) – College of Charleston was crowned the 2014 CAA Women's Golf Champions after strong play during the weather shortened 36-hole tournament at the St. James Plantation Reserve Club. Cougar freshman Laura Fuenstueck earned medalist after carding a two-day score of 148 (+4).
The Cougars, the newest members of the CAA, posted a two-round score of 618 (302-316) after a windy first round and a wet and soggy final round. The Reserve Club saw over 4.25" of rain fall from Friday evening to Sunday morning, creating difficult playing conditions for the final round. The CAA Women's Golf Championship was shortened to 36-holes due to weather for the first time in conference history.
William & Mary posted a two-day score of 633 (315-318) and Delaware carded 311-322—633 to tie for second in the team scoring. UNCW earned fourth place (310-324—634), while James Madison cut seven strokes from Friday's score to finish fifth (324-317—641). Towson placed sixth (324-335—661), Dayton followed at seventh (328-342—670), while Richmond (333-349—682, 8th) and Hofstra (339-347—686, 9th) rounded out the team scoring.
Fuenstueck, who shot even (72) in the opening round, followed her performance with a 4-over par 76 in the final round. With her efforts over the weekend, the rookie golfer earned medalist and Most Outstanding Performer honors. She is the first freshman to win the CAA Women's Golf Championship since the conference started sponsoring the sport in 2002-03.
Joining Fuenstueck on the All-Tournament team, was teammate Julia Neumann (79-75—154, T2nd), UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams (76-78—154, T2nd), Delaware junior Amanda Terizan (77-78—155, 4th), James Madison junior Shabril Brewer (80-76—156, T5th) and William & Mary freshmen Kelly McGovern (77-79—156, T5th) and Kelly Moran (79-77—156, T5th). Both Fuenstueck (97) and Adams (95) are ranked by GolfStat among the top 100 women's Division I golfers.
The Cougars earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship. They will find out their destination during the NCAA announcement on April 28th at 6 p.m. on Golf Channel. The regionals are slated for play Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, at three sites (Central: Florida State: East, Oklahoma State: Central, Washington: West). The Cougars' women's golf championship is the school's second CAA title during their inaugural season in the league, as volleyball earned the 2013 CAA title.
Neumann and Delaware sophomore Andi Slane shot round lows of 75 during a rainy final round. Neumann birdied back-to-back holes (No. 15, par 4 & No. 16, par 3) on her way to earning All-Tournament honors. Slane also posted a pair of birdies, one in the front nine (No. 3, par 5) and one in the back nine (No. 16).
The Tribe earned their highest finish in the CAA Championship (T2nd), as they had finished previously as high as third in 2008, 2004, and 2003.
The Seahawks, which finished lower than the top 2 for just the second time in the past 10 years, was led by veteran Adams. She made eagle on No. 9 (par 4) on Friday and birdied on par 5, No. 17 as she finished the second-round. The senior bogeyed 13 holes in the 36-hole event.
Also finishing among the Top 10 among the individuals was James Madison senior Maria Andrea Legaspi (81-77—158), Richmond senior Lauren Conder (75-83—158) and UNCW sophomore Annette Lyche (81-77—158) and senior Meghan Theiss (78-80—158), which all tied for eighth place.