PEACH BELT CHAMPIONS! Armstrong Women's Golf Captures First Title By 11 Strokes
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's golf team captured its first Peach Belt Conference Championship with a final-round 311 to win the title by 11 strokes over both No. 10-ranked UNC Pembroke and No. 23-ranked Flagler on Tuesday afternoon at the Callaway Gardens Lake View Golf Course.
The Pirates were neck-and-neck with the Braves through 15 holes, but Armstrong played the final three holes six-over-par as a team, pulling away from UNC Pembroke, who played the final three holes at 15-over-par. The two-day 615 total for Armstrong is a new two-round school record for a 36-hole tournament and the title is the league crown for the Pirates, men or women.
First-round leader Kristen Sammarco followed up her record first-round 65 with a second-round 79 to capture the individual title with a two-over-par 144 total, winning by five strokes over Lander's Mariana Martins (149). The individual title is the second for Sammarco on the season and the fourth individual title for Armstrong women's golf this spring.
Sophomore Jenna Birch shot the Pirates' best round of the day with a two-over-par 73 to finish tied for sixth individually with a 152 total. Senior Kim Knox carded a four-over-par 75 to finish tied for 18th with a 162 total, while junior Kelly Pearce carded an 88 to finish tied for 23rd with a 164 total. Senior Victoria Bennett rounded out the Pirates' scoring on the day with a second consecutive 84 to finish in 28th place with a 168 total.
"Going into the final few holes, I knew it was going to be a fight," Armstrong head women's golf coach Michael Butler said. "I am really proud of our players for closing out the first conference title in our program's history."
Armstrong will now await word of a possible berth into the NCAA Championships, to be announced on April 30th.