JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (dsroadrunners.com) - – The defending Southern States Athletic Conference champions Dalton State Lady Roadrunners dominated the field in the opening tournament of the fall season.
The Roadrunners (305-301 = 606) led at the end of both days of the 36-hole Coastal Georgia Invitational to take a 10-stroke victory at the 5800 yard, Par-72 Pine Lakes Course at the Jekyll Island Club.
Three Dalton State golfers finished in the top five. Roadrunner newcomer Katie Dalton (75-74 = 149) from Vidalia, GA. earned medalist honors. Senior Julia McQuilken (73-77 = 150) tied for second with Hannah Sager (73-77 = 150) of Faulkner and Sabrina Schloo (76-74 = 150) of Keiser.
Dalton State’s Caroline Griffin (79-72 = 151) had Tuesday’s best round to finish in fifth. Erika Wardzinski (78-78 = 156) tied for 11th. Rachel Rebne (81-80 = 161) tied for 22nd. Ashley McDonald (85-88 = 173) and Karly Shane (85-89 = 174) were also part of the 72-player field.
“To win the first tournament of the year against such an impressive field is a great confidence builder,” said Coach Jim McGrew. “I am really proud of the way we played and finished first, second and fifth individually. It makes a great statement. We now just need to keep getting better.”
Defending NAIA National Champions Keiser University (312-304 = 616) from West Palm Beach, FL passed SSAC foes Faulkner University (311-323 = 634) to take second place.
Milligan College (TN) (318-313 = 631) moved from sixth to third. South Carolina Beaufort (316-324 = 640) finished fifth and the hosts from Coastal Georgia 316-326 = 642) were sixth.
Brenau University (GA) (330-326 = 656), Palm Beach Atlantic (FL) (336-331 = 667), St. Andrews University (FL) (346-330 = 676), Point University (GA) (337-344 = 691) and Truett-McConnell (GA) (364-359 = 723) rounded out the 11-team field.