Women's golf team finishes sixth at one-day Great Smokies Intercollegiate

Women's golf team finishes sixth at one-day Great Smokies Intercollegiate

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Madalyn Everts and Katya Hoffman were both enrolled at Tennessee Tech last year, but neither was playing golf for the Golden Eagles. Everts was sitting out our first season after an injury early in the fall season forced her to take a medical redshirt. Hoffman, a Cookeville native who enjoyed a sensational junior career, was taking time off from the sport.

That was last year. This year, Everts is back in the lineup and Hoffman has decided to return to the game.

On Monday, the two tied for 24th place individually while leading the Tennessee Tech women's golf team to a tie for sixth place in the 15-team Great Smokies Intercollegiate, a 36-hole tournament that was compressed into one day of play. With rain dominating the forecast for Tuesday, tournament officials made the schedule change to play both rounds on Monday.

Everts (above right) was tied for seventh place after the first round with an even-par 72, then closed with a 77 for her 36-hole total of 149. Hoffman (below left), meanwhile, opened with a 74 and closed with a 75 for her two-round total. She led all players in the event in par three scoring her seven birdies were among the best performance in the field.

Seniors Katherine Bell and Amanda Randolph tied for 38th place, each scoring 152 by shooting identical round of 77 and 75. Tech's fifth entry was freshman Allison Geer, who carded rounds of 82 and 79 to finish 67th overall.

Coach Polk Brown's team also had one player competing individually. Freshman Megan Williamson opened with a 73 and closed with a 78, placing in a tie for 33rd place with a 151 total.

Morehead State won the team title by seven strokes over host Western Carolina. The MSU Eagles raced out to a lead in the first round with a 288 and followed with a 287 for a 575 total. WCU carded scores of 296 and 286 for its 582 total and second place. Samford (584) was third, followed by Elon (586) and Western Kentucky (596). Tech and SCAD-Savannah tied for sixth at 602, followed in the Top 10 by Presbyterian (605), UAB (606) and Eastern Kentucky (607).

The rest of the field included Appalachian State (609), SC-Beaufort (611), USC Upstate and The Citadel (627), and Sandhills (748).

Tech now takes nearly a month out of action, returning to the links Oct. 15-16 for the APSU F&M Bank Intercollegiate in Clarksville.