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Oct. 23, 2007
SUFFOLK, Va. - The USC Upstate women's golf team shot the fourth lowest team score of the day, and the 318 effort was good enough for the Spartans to maintain its hold on fourth place in the final results of the Lady Monarch Invitational hosted by Old Dominion at the 6,115-yard, par-72 Cedar Point Golf Club Tuesday afternoon.
"We have to heighten our competitive spirit to finish off the rounds and shoot lower," said head coach Todd Lawton. "Watching them play, I can see that we have the talent to shoot lower scores. We have to finish off with better putting. The last holes just seem to get us. We have to carry our play through all 18 holes. Having said that, I am excited that all of our players have shown they can shoot scores in the 70s and can contribute."
Upstate's 318 was eight strokes better than Old Dominion's 326 and allowed the Spartans to finish ahead of the Lady Monarchs in the tournament. Longwood shot a 309 Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole total 909 to claim the team title. Charleston Southern was second with a 941 total, 32 strokes behind Longwood, and was followed by Radford (948), Upstate (949), Old Dominion (951), Towson (987), Long Island - Brooklyn (1007), Hampton (1071) and South Carolina State (1095) in the nine-team tournament.
Upstate entered Tuesday's final round in fourth place, just six strokes back of ODU. While the Spartans fared better than the Lady Monarchs Tuesday, Radford, which trailed Upstate by just one stroke heading into the final round, was two strokes better than the Spartans to finished third by a stroke.
Individually, Longwood teammates Kara Spence and Kameron Carter had to go to a playoff to decide the individual championship. Carter entered the final round with a one stroke lead, but Spence shot a 75 to Carter's 76 to force the playoff. Spence birdied the third playoff hole to win the individual title.
Richelle Wedzik led the way for Upstate, claiming an eighth-place finish. She entered the final round tied for ninth and shot a 78 to finish with a 233 total. Julie Miller claimed a Top 10 finish with an 82 Tuesday and a 54-hole total 237. She was tied for 10th with teammate Richia Wedzik who turned in an 81 to finish at 237, giving Upstate three Top 10 individual finishes.
Audrey Church finished the tournament tied for 25th with a 247 total, while Traci Bodner totaled 248 to finish 28th. Bodner shot the team's lowest round of the day, a 77. Jessica Wofford, playing as an individual, finished 33rd with a 251 total.
"By improving her score over the first two rounds and turning in a 77 today, Traci really helped our team today," said Lawton. "It just shows that everyone on our team has the ability to shoot low scores and help us.