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Rhyne rallies to finish 19th, Golden Eagle women place seventh at Drake Creek

Photo: Head coach Brandy Stout points out a hazard to senior Carley Rhyne, who was Tech's top finisher in the Drake Creek Invitational hosted by Murray State.

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Sophomore Amanda Randolph shot the lowest round of the tournament Tuesday for the Tennessee Tech women's golf team, posting a two-over par 74 to wrap up play in 32nd place at the 54hole Drake Creek Invitational hosted by Murray State.

After opening with an 82, senior Carley Rhyne rallied to post back-to-back scores of 76 and finish as Tech's top individual in 19th place as the Golden Eagles took seventh place in the team standings.

Morehead State, which led from wire-to-wire, claimed the team championship with an 893 total score, 16 shots better than runnerup Western Kentucky (909). Host Murray State (926) was third, followed by Eastern Kentucky (931), Belmont (939), Austin Peay (940), Tech (950) and Lipscomb (962).

Rhyne closed with a 234 total, 16 strokes behind medalist Emma Jonsson from Morehead State. Sophomore Katherine Bell, who also opened with an 82, finished tied for 25th place for the Golden Eagles by adding scores of 77 and 78 for a 237 total.

Randolph's final round of 74 came after shooting 82 and 83 in the first two rounds, giving her a 239 total. Freshman Amber Shepherd was 39th at 245 and Brandy Van Etten, another freshman, placed 42nd at 248.

In individual play, freshman Ericka Wann was 34th at 242, freshman Katy Beth Glover was 49th at 255, and senior Lindsay Spradlen was one spot back in 50th place at 256.

Wann and Van Etten, both playing in their first collegiate tournament, had the highlights of the tournament for coach Brandy Stout's team. Each posted an eagle, two of just three eagles in the 3,186 holes played in the event.

Tech plays this weekend at the Great Smokies Invitational.