North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – First-year student Elisabeth Lohbauer posted its third Top 10 of the season with a fifth-place finish at the 2022 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship, leading West Carolina to a sixth-place team finish Tuesday at the 6,004-yard Dye Par-72 Course at Barefoot Golf Resort.
Carding a par 223 from seven over that included a final round 1 of 73, Lohbauer was one of two Catamounts to post the Top 20 as a junior Victoria Ladd rallied to a tie for 15th, six strokes behind at 229.
Lohbauer’s finish was the second-best of his young career and his best performance of the spring semester. She recorded the WCU’s first Top 10 in the conference championship since Kim Mitchell tied for fourth at the 2015 event held at the Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. Lohbauer tied for third-best, three-round scoring by a Catamount female golfer in the conference championship, finishing behind Brandy Andersen’s 212 in 2003, Mitchell’s 216 in 2015 and tying Ashley Hovda’s 223 in second place in 2005.
WCU’s sixth-place finish was also the team’s best in the conference championship since that same 2015 event.
A product of Venice, Fla., Lohbauer netted four birdies on Tuesday — three to go along with six pars over the final nine holes of the tournament — to shoot 1 on par 73, moving up four spots over the course of the final round. She birdied seven times during the 54-hole championship round, the team’s second most. Lohbauer also finished fourth in the tournament with 35 normal scores.
Ladd advanced three positions in the final standings, scoring 14 pars and four bogeys in Tuesday’s final round for a par 76-4 to cap the tournament at 229. The Greensboro, North Carolina native had four birdies , two each in the first and second rounds.
Freshman in red shirt Kayleigh Baker led the WCU into Tuesday’s final round tied for sixth after a second round, 1-under par 71 carded over the second 18 holes on Sunday. The native of St. Augustine, Fla. finished tied for 21st after a final round of 84, scoring 232 over 54 holes. Last 18 holes.
To complete WCU’s score, five were seniors madison isaacsonmoving up three spots in a tie for 34th at 239, and freshman Kaitlyn Wingneanwho led the Catamounts in the first round, finishing tied for 40th with a score of 251. Isaacson had two of his four birdies on Tuesday and Wingnean had one of his four birdies in the final round.
No. 45 Furman clinched the tournament title with a four-stroke win over upstate rival Wofford 899-903 to claim her 19th all-time SoCon Women’s Golf Championship and claim the automatic offer for the NCAA tournament. The second place finish was the best ever in the conference championship for the Terriers. Mercer finished third for the second straight season with a score of 908, followed by Chattanooga (910) and ETSU (913) rounding out the top five. WCU (919) finished sixth in the team standings with UNCG (925), Samford (926) and The Citadel (993) rounding out the tournament table.
Dorota Zalewska of Chattanooga edged Becca Earl of Wofford by one stroke, 215 to 216, to earn individual medalist honors and earned an overall bid for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. Zalewaska was the only player to finish under par for the tournament at 1 under, 215. It was the seventh SoCon Individual Championship for UTC all-time.
West Carolina concluded the 2021-22 season with seven Top 10 finishes for the year, including four Top 5 finishes, including the Tag Team Championship at the Oyster Shuck Match Play event debut. March.
T6 – West Carolina – 304 – 306 – 309 = 919
T5 – Elisabeth Lohbauer – 75-75-73 = 223 (+7)
T15 – Victoria Ladd – 77-76-76 = 229 (+13)
T21- Kayleigh Baker – 77-71-84 = 232 (+16)
T34 – madison isaacson – 79-84-76 = 239 (+23)
T40 – Kaitlyn Wingnean – 75-90-86 = 251 (+35)