By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech women's golf team earned its fourth consecutive top-three finish at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon, firing the second-best round of the day to jump to third place in the field of nine competing on the Highlands Course at Sevierville Golf Club.
Three rounds of 309, 308 and 304 provided the Golden Eagles a 921, finishing just eight strokes back of second-place Marshall. Jacksonville State took the tournament title after posting a 902 through three rounds.
Tech's Allyson Dunn led the way in the team's annual event, earning an All-Tournament honor by tying for third place in the field of 55 golfers. Dunn erupted for a 70 right of the gate on Sunday and rounded out the event with scores of 77 and 75 for a season-best 222. The veteran tied for the field lead in eagles for the tournament, posting two.
Finished second among Tech's lineup was sophomore Shelby Johnson, who finished 14th overall. She carded a 78-76-75=229, improving each day and helping Tech move up from fourth place to third. Junior Hollee Sadler ranked 20th at the finale, posting a 233 behind rounds of 81, 76 and 76.
Freshman Kate Mashburn conlcuded play with an 80-80-78=238, tying for 24th place with her best 54-hole score of the season. Junior Lindsay Miller rounded out the Golden Eagle starters, posting a 242 to tie for 35th with scores of 83, 79 and 80.
Competing in their first collegiate events were freshmen Isabel York and Hannah Bratton, both as individuals. York turned in rounds of 80, 82 and 82 to tie for 42nd with a 244 while Bratton finished 48th after an 84-87-84=255.
Jacksonville State's Valentina Giraldo took home individual medalist honors after conlcuding play with a 210 backed by rounds of 68, 72 and 70.
The Golden Eagles will return to action Friday, Mar. 30 at the Colonel Classic hosted by Eastern Kentucky at the University Club at Arlington in Richmond, Ky.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information