PINEHURST, N.C. – The Jacksonville State women's golf team climbed four spots in Tuesday's final round of the Pinehurst Challenge to finish third in the two-day event held at the par-72 Pinehurst #6.
The Gamecocks turned in a final-round 305 on Tuesday, the second-lowest round of the day and 14 shots better than their previous low in the 54-hole event. The round moved JSU from seventh into third in the 14-team tournament, behind host and winner College of Charleston and Minnesota. In-state foe Samford finished fourth, while Ohio Valley Conference rival Morehead State came in fifth in the final tune up before the OVC Championships in two weeks.
Junior Astrid Parsson stormed up the individual leaderboard on Tuesday, turning in a one-under 71 on the 5,981-yard course. After struggling with a first-round 80 and a second-round 76 on Monday, the native of Malmo, Sweden, used the low round of the tournament on Tuesday to pull into a three-way tie for second place in the 78-player field. Charleston's Leigh Whittaker won the event by eight shots over Parsson, Charleston's Kathy Boehm and Minnesota's Mary Narzisi, who each had a three-round 227.
Sophomore Luz Armijo Fernandez used a final-round 75 to finish tied for 11th after a pair of 80s on Monday gave her a 54-hole total of 235. Junior Lucia Fernandez Valdes (78-80-78-236) tied for 17th for the Gamecocks, while freshman Lourdes Lopes (82-89-81-252) finished 51st. Sophomore Ornella Arrizon (88-83-84-255) rounded out the JSU lineup in a tie for 56th.
The Gamecocks will wrap up the spring schedule on April 21-23 at the OVC Championship at the Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn. The winner of the conference tourney will receive the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.