It’s not every day that our athletic teams set records, but the men’s and women’s golf teams hit a number of remarkable milestones this week.
For the first time both teams won tournaments in the same week – the women on Tuesday at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic and the men on Monday at the Loyola (Md.) Intercollegiate at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. The men set a tournament-record and school-record low 54-hole total of 816 (-48), while the women tied a school-record low round of 279 (-9) in the second round. Sophomore Hunter Dunagan (Augusta, Ga.) shot a school-record low round of 62 in the first round for the men’s team. And in just her second tournament as a Cougar, junior newcomer Isi Nilsson (Santiago, Chile) shot a record-low 66 for the women’s team in the second round.
The women’s team led wire to wire in the three-day event – the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country with 43 teams. Sophomore Victoria Huskey (Greenville, S.C.) lead the way at the two-day event at -2 and turning in a career-best finish with a T4.
“It was a great win for the team because they worked extremely hard over the (winter) break to improve on our fall season,” says women’s Head Coach Jamie Futrell, who picked up his 24th career win at the College. “It’s great to see them rewarded for the work they put in and see them play with a lot of confidence.”
Sophomore Logan Sowell (Kershaw, S.C.) led the men with career-low rounds of 66, 67 and 67 to finish 16-under and runner-up to individual medalist Ambrose Abbracciamento of Hartford (-17).
“What a great tournament for our program,” says men’s Head Coach Mark McEntire, who picked up his ninth win. “We broke the team lowest 54-and 36-hole records, the lowest individual round and got a W. I could not be happier for the guys.”
Both teams have a few weeks off now to savor the victories, which is nice since there’s a lot to savor.
Featured image: The College of Charleston women’s golf team won its first tournament of the season at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic. Photos courtesy of College of Charleston Athletics.