Kiawah Island, S.C. – Eden Howard shot her second consecutive round in the 70’s to lead the USC Upstate women’s golf team in the final round of the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic Tuesday afternoon on the Oak Point Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Howard was steady throughout her round and posted 13 pars, seven on the front nine, to card a 77 as the low-Spartan on the day. It marked the second straight day she has led Upstate in scoring. Her efforts allowed Upstate to maintain its position at No. 31 in the field of 40 teams. The tournament boasts the largest field in women’s college golf.
Upstate counted scores of 77 from Howard, 80 from Payton Culler, 81 from Sidney Dermody and 82 from Rachel Reiling to shoot 320 for the day. Kinsey Soniat finished the tournament with an 87. Both Dermody and Reiling posted a birdie during their rounds Tuesday to give the Spartans 14 for the tournament.
College of Charleston, the host of the tournament, won the team championship with an 886 total over 54 holes. North Florida was second at 891 and was followed by Stetson (897), Chattanooga (899), Samford (900), Elon (902), Troy (911), SCAD-Savannah (915), Delaware (916), Western Carolina (916), Jacksonville (919), Jacksonville State (927), Marshall (930), Western Kentucky (932), Boston U. (934), Charleston Southern (935), Seton Hall (935), Bethune-Cookman (936), Illinois State (936), Florida Gulf Coast (938), Georgetown (939), UNC Greensboro (939), Towson (940), USC Beaufort (941), Boston College (944), South Alabama (947), Rutgers (948), William & Mary (949), Richmond (960), Radford (968), Upstate (971), Loyola (976), Ball State (976), Longwood (985), St. John’s (999), The Citadel (1002), Navy (1007), Bucknell (1037), Presbyterian (1071) and High Point (NS).
Jacksonville’s Jessica Welch won the individual championship after shooting 69 on Tuesday and claiming a 213 total.
Reiling finished as the top Spartan in the tournament. She finished in the top-half of the tournament field in a tie for 101st out of 210 players. She finished with a 239 total. Culler was a stroke back of Reiling at 240 and was followed by Howard (241), Dermody (252) and Soniat (261).