College Update: Claire Vermette earned her first career win and led the Jacksonville State women’s golf team to the team title at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
Vermette shot a final-round 75 to hold her lead, while the Gamecocks carded a 308 on Tuesday to pass host Appalachian State and win JSU’s final regular-season tournament of the 2021 season.
The win is JSU’s first since winning the Chris Banister Golf Classic on Sept. 25, 2018 and propels the Gamecocks into the Ohio Valley Conference Championship on April 18-20 at Hampton Cove in Huntsville.
Vermette, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Florida, won the 36-player event with a 54-hole total of 226, two shots better than teammate Berta Sanchez and Elon University’s Adel Vadkerti, who tied for second with 228 over three rounds on the par-72, 6,170-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morgantown, North Carolina.
The Gamecocks defeated second-place Elon by two shots, while Appalachian State finished third, six shots back.
Vermette used rounds of 74 and 77 on the first day of the two-day event on Monday to put herself in position heading into Tuesday’s final round. Her 75 held off the field and secured her first collegiate victory.
Junior Valentina Curet also finished in the Top 10 in the event, tying for eighth with a 54-hole score of 232.
Alabama Golf News College Update: UNA Men T4 in Missouri
The University of North Alabama turned in the second lowest round of the day at 281 on the third and final day to finish tied for fourth in a 14-team field at the Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate.
UNA had rounds of 287, 292 and 281 for an 860 total, tying with Wichita State for fourth. It was a second consecutive top-5 finish for the Lions.
The Lions played a man short in the first two rounds as Jackson Wedgeworth did not play. He teed it up in the final round and led the team with a 68.
Host Missouri won the event with a 25-under-par 839. Medalist Ross Steelman led the Tigers, firing rounds of 65-69-66 to finish at 16-under-par 200. Illinois State’s David Perkins finished second at 204.
UNA’s Tom Roed Karlsen finished tied for ninth individually with rounds of 72, 71 and 69 for a 212 total. Clayton Larsen and Cedric Otten tied for 27th at 291, while Frankie Wade tied for 36th at 222.
Gregg Dewalt is the editor of Alabama Golf News.
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