Kissimmee, Fla. – Rachel Reiling shot a final round 79 to finish 23rd in her final college tournament to lead the USC Upstate women’s golf team as the Spartans finished eighth at the A-Sun Championships Tuesday afternoon on the Watson Course at the Reunion Golf Resort.
Reiling claimed 23rd after shooting two of her three rounds in the 70’s, including a tournament team-best 75 in the first round on Sunday. She finished with a 235 total over the 54-hole tournament.
Upstate finished the tournament with a 319 on Tuesday and a 955 tournament total to finish eighth. The Spartans counted scores of 78 from Eden Howard, 79 from Reiling, 80 from Allea Hawkins and 82 from Payton Culler. Sidney Dermody shot an 88. By averaging 318.3 for the tournament, Upstate broke the school’s single-season school record for stroke average, coming in at 321.4. The Spartans surpassed the old record of 322.0 set by the 2012-13 team.
Kennesaw State led wire-to-wire and claimed the team championship with an 872 tournament total. North Florida was second at 902 and was followed by Florida Gulf Coast (910), Jacksonville (918), Stetson (923), Lipscomb (939), Northern Kentucky (941) and Upstate (955). KSU’s Dulcie Sverdloff also led wire-to-wire to claim the individual conference championship with a 1-under 215 total.
Reiling started on hole #10 and birdied two holes in her first nine to go out at 2-over and finished with a 79. She finished her career playing the fourth-most rounds in school history and with the fifth-best stroke average at just under 81.
Playing in her first A-Sun Championship, Howard posted a 78 for the second time in the tournament. She made two birdies in her round as well and finished 26th. Hawkins was remarkably consistent and turned in three-straight rounds of 80. She also posted three birdies in her round and finished in a tie for 29th. Culler added two birdies and shot her second consecutive round of 82.