Coastal women tops at Webber

From the The Brunswick News

It's not enough to just win a golf tournament -- the College of Coastal Georgia women put their proverbial stamp on the 19th annual Webber Invitational.

At Lake Wales Country Club in Florida, Mariners Sarah Gilliard and Christian Liggin finished in first and second place, respectively, Tuesday to lead the Coastal Georgia women to a nine-shot victory in the 36-hole Fall Invitational.

Gilliard, a freshman from Alma, recorded her first-ever individual victory as a collegian, closing with an even-par 72 Monday to finish at 2-over 146.

Gilliard's 146 was the lowest 36-hole score by a Coastal Georgia player in the three years of the program, eclipsing the 147 shot just last week by Liggin in winning the season-opening Coastal Georgia Women's Fall Invitational at King and Prince Golf Course, Home of the Hampton Club, on St. Simons Island.

Liggin, a junior from Smithville, finished at 4-over 148 at Lake Wales -- just two shots back of Gilliard -- and also etched her name in the CCGA record books with a final-round 70 on Monday, the lowest single-round score ever recorded by a member of the Coastal Georgia women's team.

"I was very proud of how they played, especially with Christian's 2-under-par, " said Coastal Georgia assistant golf coach Nicole Wildes. "Sarah has definitely been showing great things in practice. I'm proud of her for winning her first college golf tournament."

Waycross junior Colbi Tyre shot 173 (86-87) for Coastal, and Tifton junior Jaclyn Harten came in at 176 (88-88) to give the Mariners a two-day total of 643. Canada freshman Jessica Whittaker shot 178 (90-88) for Wildes' team.

The University of Tampa women were second overall at 652, and host Webber International University was third (676) in the six-team event.

The win was the second in successive seasons for the Coastal women at a Webber event. The Mariners shot 640 in February to finish first out of seven teams in the Webber Spring Invitational.

Coastal Georgia entered Monday's final round tied for the lead with Tampa after both teams posted a 324 in Sunday's opening round. The Mariners shot 319 as a team Monday to Tampa's 328.

Through two fall events, the CCGA women have fared no worse than second. They were the runner-up last week at their own Coastal Georgia Fall Invitational after firing a 36-hole total of 652.

Monday's 319 is their low round this season.

The play of the CCGA women has not been lost on the school's head golf coach, Mike Cook.

"I am very proud of what Coach Wildes and the Mariner golfers have accomplished being still a young and small-in-numbers team," said Cook.

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Release Date: 9/26/2012
Source: The Brunswick News

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