Appalachian State University women’s golfer Yue Xu (Beijing, China/HuiJia Private School) remained consistent on Tuesday to win the Terrier Intercollegiate.
The junior carded a 72-73=145 (+1) at the 36-hole event to lead the Mountaineers, who placed seventh at 314-305=619 (+43).
Xu split the individual medal with host Wofford’s Tarah Taylor, who matched Xu’s scores on both days of the event. Xu carded five birdies and 25 pars at the event and led the 54-player field with a 4.05 average on the Spartanburg Country Club course’s par-fours.
The third win of Xu’s career gives her the most all-time for an App, passing current Wofford head coach Angie Ridgeway, who won two tournaments at ASU in the late 1980s.
Classmate Rumbidzai Masamvu (Harare, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) led the field with 26 pars and moved up from Monday to finish in 17th place with an 80-74=154 (+10). Mimi Burke (Mooresville, N.C./Cannon School) finished close behind at 81-79=160 (+16). ASU newcomer Lauren Smith (Salisbury, N.C./UNC Greensboro) matched Burke’s scores each day as the juniors tied for 35th place. Smith earned a redshirt in 2010-11 after transferring from UNC Greensboro.
Freshman Elena Thomas (Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie) rounded out ASU’s team score with an 82-79=161 (+17) to place 38th in her collegiate debut.
Competing as individuals, Samantha Patton (Morganton, N.C./Mars Hill) placed 44th with an 81-85=166 (+22), Brittany Zachrich (Hickory, N.C./Montreat) carded an 81-86=167 (+23) for 45th place and Samantha Bonham (Greensboro, N.C./UNC Pembroke) placed 51st at 87-88=175 (+31).
Newberry College claimed the team title with a 299-303=602 (+26), two strokes ahead of Elon and Wofford.
Also competing from the Southern Conference, The Citadel finished ninth at 330-330=660 (+84).
The Mountaineers return to competition on Sept. 19-20 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, N.C.
NOTES: ASU’s 305 team score on Tuesday matches the program’s 18th-best single-round score ... Xu’s last tournament win came at the 2011 Low Country Intercollegiate, also hosted by Wofford ... her 145 36-hole total is the second-best of her career and matches the fourth-lowest total in program history ... ASU’s 305 marked the 11th time the Apps have carded a score that low in Heather Brown’s tenure as head coach (beginning 2008-09) ... ASU had reached 305 or lower only eight times in program history prior to her arrival.
Men’s Golf Wraps Up Season Opener
Appalachian State University men’s golf carded a consistent 297-293-297=887 (+23) to place 13th at the season-opening Spring Hill Suites Intercollegiate.
The Mountaineers were led by Josh Nichols (Kernersville, N.C./Salem Baptist Christian), who placed 18th with a 70-71-75=216 (E). The junior knocked in 13 birdies over 54 holes and ranked second in the event with a cumulative two-under on the course’s par-threes.
Daniel Walsh (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) and newcomer Jason Woodall (Yanceyville, N.C./The Elon School) tied for 53rd at 224 (+8). Walsh posted a 73-74-77 while the freshman from Yanceyville, N.C. finished with a 78-75-71.
Casey Komline (Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) posted a 76-73-78=227 (+11) in 68th place and Dustin Hudson (Hildebran, N.C./East Burke) carded 78-78-74=230 (+14) to place 71st.
Furman took home the team title with an 856 (-8), two strokes ahead of second-place finishers Samford and USC Aiken. FU’s Matthew Broome earned the tournament medal by one stroke at 208 (-8).
Also competing from the Southern Conference, College of Charleston placed sixth with an 866 (+2), Elon tied host Francis Marion for eighth place at 871 (+7), Georgia Southern finished 10th at 878 (+14) and Western Carolina wrapped up the event six strokes behind the Mountaineers in 14th place.
The Apps return to competition on Oct. 3-4 at the Telich Sun Life Financial Cleveland State Invitational in Beechwood, Ohio.
ASU Volleyball to Host Free Clinic and Pizza Party
The 2011 Appalachian State Volleyball team will hold a free youth volleyball clinic and pizza party for students in eighth grade or below on Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon-2 p.m. at Varsity Gym.
The clinic, which will run from noon to 1:30 p.m., will feature instruction from the entire Mountaineer coaching staff including Head Coach Matt Ginipro, Associate Head Coach Kolby O’Donnell and Assistant Coach Alex Kelly along with members of the ASU Volleyball team.
Pizza and other refreshments will be provided immediately following the clinic and those in attendance are encouraged to come back to campus for the Apps’ match against SoCon rival Furman at 5 p.m. that night inside the Holmes Center.
In order to register for the event, participants should fill out the attached form and mail it to the following address: Appalachian State Volleyball, Athletic Center, 425 Jack Branch Drive, Boone, N.C. 28608.