VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Esme Hamilton tied the school record for 54-hole total leading the Chattanooga Mocs to a third-place finish at the Princess Anne Invitational. Her final round 66 gave her a 5-under 205 matching Emily McLennan’s number winning the 2015 Fall Invitational.
Hamilton earned her first top five ending up in third. That was two strokes behind medalist Emily Mahar from Virginia Tech. Campbell’s Stacey White was runner-up with 204. The Hokies and LSU tied for the team title with 843.
Hamilton’s 66 spear-headed today’s 285. She was supported by Maddy McDanel’s 72 which one ahead of Rheagan Hall’s 73 and Michaela Kulhankova’s 74. Kirsty Beckwith had the drop score with 76.
Hall was second to Hamilton on the Mocs scoreboard with 215 which tied for 17th. McDanel shot 218, while Kulhankova ended up with 222. Beckwith turned in 225.
The Mocs return to the course next week at the Magnolia Invitational (Oct 13-15). Live scoring and pairings, when available, are listed on the GoMocs.com women’s golf schedule page.
3rd of 15: 280-291-285=856 (+16)
3) Esme Hamilton: 65-74-66=205 (-5)
T17) Rheagan Hall: 72-70-73=215 (+5)
T31) Maddy McDanel: 70-76-72=218 (+8)
T48) Michaela Kulhankova: 77-71-74=222 (+12)
T60) Kirsty Beckwith: 73-76-76=225 (+15)
“I’m very pleased with how we played this week. So proud of Esme and how she composed herself to get a top 5. We played well, but we know we left a lot out there and know we can be better. The whole team did what we asked of them collectively. We are excited to get back out there again next week.” – Coach Colette Murray.
3 NOTES TO KNOW
- 856 is the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history. It’s just four behind 852 (-12) in the win at the 2015 Fall Invitational.
- Hamilton (205), Hall (215) and Kulhankova (222) each posted new career bests for scoring.
- -13 on the par 5s this week. The last time the Mocs were better on the long holes was the 2015 Cougar Classic (-14).
Eagles: 1 – Esme Hamilton (tied for tournament lead)
Birdies: 10 – Hamilton
Pars: 39 – Rheagan Hall
Fewest Bogeys: 5 – Hamilton
Fewest Others: 0 – Hall
Par 3: -1 – Maddy McDanel
Par 4: +1 – Hamilton
Par 5: -5 – Hamilton (tournament leader)