ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Armstrong State University women's golf team went wire-to-wire in capturing its second Peach Belt Conference women's golf title on Sunday at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., capturing the crown by seven strokes over Flagler College.
The Pirates shot a final-round 318 to finish the tournament with a 927 total, seven strokes ahead of host Flagler (934) and eight strokes ahead of Montevallo (935). UNC Pembroke (945) and Young Harris (974) rounded out the top five schools in the standings.
The title is the second for Armstrong State since the league began sponsoring a championship in the sport in 2010. The Pirates won their first title in 2012, and unlike that season, this time the Pirates led from the outset. Armstrong State's 301 first round staked the Pirates to a seven stroke lead, and after a 308 on Saturday, the lead stretched to nine.
Early on Sunday, however, it looked like the celebration might be premature as Flagler closed the gap with the Pirates to just three strokes on the front nine. Armstrong State responded amidst tough conditions on the back nine to hold off the Saints and claim the victory.
"I think it's fantastic for us to get this win under these conditions," Armstrong State head golf coach Michael Butler said. "Senior Pamela Mosley came up with a big round today and helped us pick up our second Peach Belt championship. It is a big win for our program, and our team has a lot of momentum and confidence heading into the NCAA Championships in Pensacola in two weeks."
Mosely shot a final-round 76 to lead the Pirates individually, tying for fourth with a three-day 230 total and earning PBC All-Tournament honors. Senior Brendie Rockholt carded a 79 on Sunday to finish in sixth place individually with a 234 total, while freshman Bailey Buie shot an 80 to finish tied for seventh individually with a 235 total.
Sophomore Sophie Bargeron shot an 86 to finish in ninth place individually with a 236 score and sophomore Nikita Arjun rounded out the Pirate scoring, finishing tied for 12th with a 238 total after a round of 84. The Pirates had all five golfers finish in the Top 12 of the tournament, which went a long way to securing the title.
The NCAA South Regional will take place on May 2-4 in Pensacola. Selections will be announced on Monday, April 25, on NCAA.com.