Playing in its last tournament as Southern Conference members, the Appalachian State University women’s golf team finished in seventh place at the 2014 SoCon Women’s Golf Tournament at the par-72, 5,914 yard Moss Creek Golf Course in Hilton Head, S.C.


With continuous rain damping the course, the Mountaineers shot 58-over 364 in the final round. Chattanooga captured the SoCon title at 51-over 915 while Furman was second at 56-over 920. Samford finished third at 72-over 936 and Elon finished fourth at 81-over 945.


The Mountaineers started the tournament very shaky on Sunday, with only one counting score below 10-over. Freshman Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./ Ardrey Kell) led the Mountaineers in the with a 5-over 77.


“I thought we finished as we should have on paper,” head coach Heather Brown said. “Our first round was scattered and revealed our immaturity and lack of experience, especially for a big stage like the SoCon. We went home regrouped and put a very decent second round revealing the potential we have.”


Appalachian put together its best round of the tournament in the second round, firing a 25-over 313. Heading into the final round, Stinson was in fourth place overall and trailed individual title winner Emily McLennan of Chattanooga by three strokes.


“Emily played very solid and got herself in the mix,” Brown said. “The last round for both the team and Emily was tough from the start as we teed off in rain, which never let up.


Stinson finished in the top spot for the Mountaineers tying for 16th place overall and firing a 22-over 238 for the tournament.


Freshman Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) finished in 30th place overall at 34-over 250, carding an 88 in the final round. Junior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) tied for 37th, after posting a 39-over total of 255 that included a 86 in the final round.


Lily Yatawara (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) carded a 13-over 85 to count as the Mountaineers fourth score on Tuesday. She finished the tournament one stroke behind Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) who shot 88 in the final round. Davis finished in 39th place at 40-over 256, while Yatawara finished in fourth at 41-over 258.


The Mountaineers will compete in the Sun Belt conference next year, ending their rein in the SoCon with four top-three finishes at the SoCon tournament, one individual champion, five all-conference golfers, and a freshman of the year honor since joining in 1994.


“Overall, our season was up and down as a growing year tends to be,” Brown said. “The experience of SoCon and this season will help us learn what we need to do over the summer and early next fall to get prepared for the Sun Belt. I am very encouraged by where we are heading moving forward.”


2014 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship

Moss Creek Golf Club, North Course

Par-72, 5,941 yards

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Top 10 individuals


1.Emily McLennan, Chattanooga 73-75-74=222


2.Taylor Totland, Furman 76-74-76=226


3.Jordan Britt, Chattanooga 80-69-80=229


T4.Alex Jasper, Samford 76-76-79=231


T4.Mariah Hopkins, Western Carolina 82-73-76=231


T6.Isabella Loza, Chattanooga 80-76-76=232


T6.Aubrie Street, Furman 76-77-79=232


T6.Kelsey Badmaev, Elon 83-71-78=232


9.Stephanie Carlozzi, Furman 78-77-78=233


T10.Valentina Romero, Furman 75-78-81=234


T10.Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga 79-75-80=234




Team standings


1.Chattanooga 312-295-308=915


2.Furman 305-301-314=920


3.Samford 312-309-315=936


4.Elon 318-302-325=945


5.Western Carolina 325-300-330=955


6.Wofford 326-315-315=956


7.Appalachian State 331-313-346=990


8.UNC-Greensboro 337-319-339=995


9.The Citadel 327-324-347=998




All-Southern Conference Team

Kelsey Badmaev, Elon


Sunna Vidisdottir, Elon


Valentina Romero, Furman


Taylor Totland, Furman


Bailey Gray, Samford


Jordan Britt, Chattanooga


Emily McLennan, Chattanooga


Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga


Kristin Swindell, Western Carolina


Lauren Dunbar, Wofford