Sept. 17, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - Having to squeeze two rounds of competition into one day due to the threat of incoming weather, the UAB women's golf team managed a team finish of ninth Monday to open its fall season at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina, at the par 72, 5,932-yard Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa.
The Blazers fired back-to-back 15-over par 303 in the both rounds to place ninth as a team. Morehead State won the event with a one-under 575, with host Western Carolina in second place at six-over 582. Samford finished third at eight-over 584, while Elon and Western Kentucky rounded at the top five at 10-over 586 and 20-over 596, respectively.
Of the 15 teams in the field, the Blazers ranked seventh in birdies with 19.
UAB sophomore Margaret Yeh paced the Green and Gold with a tied for ninth-place finish at one-over-par 145, turning in rounds of 72 and 73 for her first career top 10 finish. Much of Yeh's success came on the par-fives where she shot five-under par over the two rounds. Her score is a career-best for two rounds by 15 strokes.
Freshman Jessica Rouillard made her collegiate debut with a tied for 24th-place finish after carding a five-over 149 (74/75) in not so desirable conditions.
"It was a little wet, but not too bad. The bad weather is coming tomorrow," head coach Kim Wilcox said. "I'm thrilled with how Margaret [Yeh] and Jessica [Rouillard] played through the conditions. You're always having to change things up and be flexible, and I think all the girls handled it pretty well."
Western Carolina's Taylor Allison and Morehead State's Linnea Scholin shared medalist honors with a four-under-par total of 140 after shooting rounds of 72/68 and 73/67, respectively.
The Blazers return to action on October 12-14 at the LPGA Xavier Invitational at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.