AUBURN, Ala. — Unable to make one last charge, the East Tennessee State women’s golf team saw its season come to an end Saturday in the third and final round of the NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Club.
Needing to place in the top eight on the team leaderboard to advance to the NCAA Championships, the Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lady Bucs finished 17th. ETSU carded a final-round 310, its highest of the tournament.
“Obviously, this was not the kind of day that we want to have, but we still finished ahead of perennially strong programs like Mississippi and Penn State,” ETSU coach Stefanie Shelton said. “Still, this season has been a tremendous year and a step forward for our program. Winning a conference championship for the second time in school history, beating multiple top 20 teams, and then competing for a chance to go to nationals were just some of the things to be proud of and build upon.”
Junior Sian Evans was the one Lady Bucs golfer who thrived during Saturday’s pressure-packed final round. Evans carded a 1-under 71, the lowest score by an ETSU player in the tournament. She finished at 5-over 221 and tied for a team-best 35th individually.
“These young ladies worked and learned through many challenges and obstacles this season,” Shelton said. “Coach (Rachel) Ingram and I were extremely pleased with all they were able to achieve and accomplish. They made us all proud.”
Second-ranked Alabama took home the team title with an eight-stroke victory over No. 20 Tulane. Stephanie Meadow made it a Crimson Tide sweep by capturing the individual title with her 13-under 203 total.