San Diego State Classic: South Carolina continues its hot streak
13 Feb 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for San Diego Invitational, The Farms Golf Club, Kiara Romero Rankings

South Carolina Women's Golf Team (South Carolina Athletics Photo)
South Carolina Women's Golf Team (South Carolina Athletics Photo)

No team has had a better start to the spring golf season than the South Carolina Women's Golf team, as they are now 2-for-2 in tournament wins so far.

The Gamecocks won the San Diego State Classic at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with a score of 16-over. They recorded team rounds of 290-294-296 to best Virginia by a narrow one-shot. 

Virginia finished in solo second place at 17-over after rounds of 295-288-298. Virginia started the final round one shot ahead of South Carolina, but the Gamecocks saved some of their best golf for last to turn the one-shot deficit into a one-shot victory. This is their second win in the spring and third win this season.

South Carolina opened up the season with a win at the Therese Herrion Regional Team Challenge after winning its first three matches. The championship match against Texas was canceled due to inclement weather, and the Gamecocks beat the Longhorns in the tiebreaker.


Led by the individual winner Kiara Romero, Oregon finished in solo third place at 25-over, Georgia finished in solo fourth place at 26-over, and Denver finished in solo fifth place at 30-over.  

Kiara Romero of Oregon ran away from the field to win the individual competition by four shots at 9-under. Romero shot rounds of 69-70-68, and her final round, 4-under 68, was the second-best round of the day to secure the win. 

Romero, who is ranked No. 131 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's Rankings, started her day with a bogey on the first hole but rattled off five birdies and no bogeys over the next 17 holes to finish 4-under for the day and 9-under for the tournament.

Amanda Sambach of Virginia finished in solo second place at 5-under with rounds of 70-70-71. Toa Yokoyama of UNLV finished in solo third place at 4-under, and Louise Rydqvist of South Carolina finished in solo fourth place at 2-under. 

Savanahh De Bock of Georgia finished in solo fifth place at 1-under to round out the top five.

Romero won the 2023 U.S. Girls Junior Championship after finishing in the final 16 in 2022. She also made the final 64 in the 2023 Women's Amateur.


Results: San Diego Invitational
1CAKiara RomeroSan Jose, CA60069-70-68=207
2NCAmanda SambachDavidson, NC40070-70-71=211
3JapanToa YokoyamaJapan30071-74-67=212
4SwedenLouise RydqvistSweden30071-69-74=214
5BelgiumSavannah De BockBelgium30071-71-73=215

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