ANDERSON, S.C. — The Lady Railsplitters placed four golfers in the top-10 of the individual standings and raced away with the Anderson University Invitational title, carding a 29-over par 317 in final-round play on Tuesday at Cobb’s Glen Country Club to secure a dominant 14-shot victory in the 2015-16 season opener.
Lincoln Memorial established an eight-shot edge with an opening-round 321 on Monday, and the lead only grew in Tuesday’s final round as the Lady Railsplitters carded a tournament-best 317 to finish 14 shots ahead of host Anderson (329+323=652). Lenoir-Rhyne took third place with 332+331=663 while Erskine (675) and Emmanuel (677) took fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Lady Railsplitters’ 62-over par total of 638 is their lowest 36-hole score since they posted 624 in the 2014 Patsy Rendleman Invitational, where they finished in fifth place. Additionally, the program tallied its second tournament victory in as many seasons, repeating their accomplishment from last season’s Southeast Kentucky Invitational.
Junior Sydney Gallant (Angus, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Lise Malherbe (Mount Juliet, Tennessee) were both arrayed with All-Tournament laurels after placing in the top-5. Gallant entered the day with a one-stroke lead over Anderson’s Makalyn Poole, but she had to settle for a runner-up finish with rounds of 76 and 78 for a 10-over par total of 154. Poole defeated Gallant by two strokes with rounds of 77 and 75. Malherbe, meanwhile, tied for fifth place in her first collegiate event with rounds of 81 and 78.
Gallant led the entire 45-player field in par-three scoring with a one-under par total while also tying for second in par-five scoring with a 5.13 average. Malherbe did most of her damage on Cobb’s Glen’s par fours, where she had the second-best mark in the field (4.35).
Abigail Evans (Gillingham, England) took sole possession of ninth place with rounds of 80 and 82, finishing with an 18-over par total of 162. Reagan Greene (Clarksville, Tennessee) was just a stroke off of Evans’s mark with 84+79=163 (+19). Greene tied for 10th place in her LMU and collegiate debut.
The Lady Railsplitters’ biggest mover in round two was senior Danielle Burrell (Basingstoke, England), who went from 30th to 19th place with a final-round 82, eight strokes better than her opening-round 90. She completed the event at 28-over par.
Next up, the Lady Railsplitters travel to Etowah Valley Country Club for the Etowah Intercollegiate. First-round play in that 36-hole event begins on Monday.