Cnops Takes Home Seahawk Classic Title, Team Finishes Third
WALLACE, N.C. – Sophomore Fanny Cnops (Gent, Belgium/K.A. Voskenslaan) posted her first tournament victory of the season and the third of her career Sunday as she claimed the UNCW Seahawk Classic title at the River Landing Course in Wallace, N.C. Senior Courtney Taylor (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) recorded the best finish of her career, finishing in a tie for fourth place overall giving the Spartans two top four finishers.
Cnops and Taylor's play helped the Spartans finish in third place in the 54-hole event, which is the final tune-up prior to the Southern Conference Championships April 14-16 in Hilton Head, S.C. The Spartans posted a three-round score of 921 (312-304-305) and finished just four shots off the lead of Old Dominion (917) and two behind Georgia State (919).
Cnops won the tournament as she fired a 2-over par 218 (74-72-72) to win the event by two strokes over Old Dominion's Elizabeth Haycock (4-over par). She held the lead after the first 36 holes Saturday and clinched the victory with her second straight even-par 72 round Sunday. Her scores of 72 were the second-lowest of the entire weekend.
Cnops' title is her first of the season and marks her sixth top-20 finish of the season. In fact, she has finished in the top 25 of all eight tournaments she has participated in this year, after winning SoCon Golfer and Freshman of the Year honors last season. This weekend's title marked her third win of her career after winning back-to-back events last year in the Palmetto Intercollegiate and the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.
Taylor finished in a tie for fourth place overall in the 54-hole event with a 7-over par 223. Taylor was consistent all weekend long as she opened with a 2-over par 74 and a 3-over par 75 Saturday before closing out the event with a 2-over par 74. The fourth place finish is the best of her career, surpassing her previous top honor of fifth place at the SoCon Championships her freshman year.
Freshman Sammie Buchanan (Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton) finished in a tie for 31st overall with a 236. She opened the tournament with a tough first round of 81 before rebounding with scores of 76 and 79 in her final two rounds. Sophomore Berglind Bjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik) is tied for 52nd place with a 244 (83-81-80) and freshman Lily Crane (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) rounds out the Spartans with a 256 (89-85-82) to finish in 64th place.
The Spartans will be off until the 2013 SoCon Championships April 14-16 held at the Moss Creek Country Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
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