South Carolina (USC Athletics)
The SEC women just wrapped up their second tournament of the fall season, this time at The Ally hosted by Mississippi State and Old Waverly Golf Club.
Coming to play were the veteran-laden South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks ran away with the team portion of the event, lapping the nearest competitor, LSU. Rounds of 287-281-284 helped take South Carolina over the top on their way to a seven stroke victory.
"Very proud of the team this week," USC assistant coach Kevin Williams told South Carolina athletics. “Just exceptional fight and grit out of our group. This was a wonderful field, the SEC is such a strong conference and we're really excited to come out on top. It's very exciting for Pauline to win another individual championship to go along with the one she got last year. I really like how our team responded today. We were struggling a little bit and lost the lead but on the back nine we showed the heart of a champion and I was so excited to see how they responded."
Coming off a T-26 at The Blessings Intercollegiate, Lois Kaye Go rallied for a top-10 finish at 1-under 215. It is her sixth such finish since her USC career began four seasons ago. Kent State transfer Pimnimpa Panthong could not over come two holes that hindered her entire week as she finished T-49 at nine over par. Freshman Paula Kirner found improvement in the last round to post a 5-over 221, good for a T-33 finish. Nearly making it three Gamecocks inside the top-10, sophomore Mathilde Claisse chalked up a T-12 performance with rounds of 74-71-71 (216).
However, they all paled in comparison to AG’s No. 4 player in the world, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard.
The USC sophomore trailed Auburn’s Mikayla Bardwell by a stroke heading into the final round and was tied alongside LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad at seven under.
Following her second-round 66, Roussin-Bouchard was simply on fire at Old Waverly on Wednesday. Her day began with a pair of birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. Picking up another on the par-4 5th, the French transplant rattled off three consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 8-10.
Already six under on the day, Roussin-Bouchard netted seven consecutive pars before capping off the team and individual championships with a birdie on the 18th for a final round 65 while giving herself a seven-shot win over Arkansas’ Brooke Matthews and the Gamecocks a five-shot victory over LSU.
At 14-under (202), Roussin-Bouchard set the school record for a 54-hole tournament while tying her personal best with the final round 65. Not even to the halfway point of her second season with South Carolina, Roussin-Bouchard already has two individual wins, four top-5s and six top-10 finishes.
Georgia’s Jenny Bae finished third at 210 alongside Lindblad and Bardwell.
The SEC women wrap up their fall schedule with some heading to East Lake for the East Lake Cup while others will close out the fall at the Liz Murphey Fall Collegiate Classic hosted by the University of Georgia.
ABOUT THE The Ally at Old Waverly
54-hole women's college tournament hosted by
Mississippi State University. Team (best four scores out
of five players each round) and individual competitions.
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