ARDEN, N.C. – Appalachian State women’s golf claimed its second win of the season this Tuesday at the first annual French Broad Collegiate Invitational. Wofford and Gardner-Webb would tie for second at 613.
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Mountaineers are winners of multiple tournaments in a season. Finishing with a team score of 611 (+43), this is the Apps second win out of four tournaments this spring.
“It always feels great to get a win no matter the field,” head coach Heather Brown said. “Playing the best of what the field demands that week definitely helps our confidence.”
Junior Melany Chong (+8) led the team firing a 71 in the final round, which is second lowest for the tournament, placing eighth place individually.
“It always feels good to help the team out,” Chong said. “Especially whenever it is that close at the top of the leaderboard. That’s all our goals, I think. To really help the team and I think everyone did that today.”
Finishing in the top-20 were sophomores Abby Bolt (75-80) and Mogie Adamchik (78-78) which helped bring the Apps back from a four-stroke deficit after the first round of action where they trailed first place Wofford. Also finishing in the top-half of the field were seniors Patricia Thompson (T25) and Joliana Elias (T28).
“I actually just made a triple-bogey,” Bolt said. “One of the coaches had just come up to me and said we were still two shots in the lead so keep it steady and we’re in good position.”
This tournament marks the midway point of the spring season and with two tournaments remaining before the Sun Belt Championship, this was the momentum the team was looking for down the stretch.
“It is great to have the momentum in our favor,” Brown said. “From these rounds I will analyze some of our unforced errors and go to work on those this week. We always try to learn from our mistakes so that we can better prepare for our next tournament.”
The Mountaineers will be back in action next Sunday where they travel to Stockbridge, GA. and participate in the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate.