Bell earns Top 20 finish; Golden Eagles place eighth to open fall schedule

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Senior Katherine Bell continued her climb Tuesday on the final day of the Chris Banister Classic, earning a Top 20 finish while the Tennessee Tech women's golf team moved up one position for an eighth place showing to open the fall schedule.

Bell wrapped up with a final round 78, following scores of 85 on Sunday and 76 Monday. Her 54-hole total of 239 put her in a tie for 20th place individually.

Texas State, which streaked into the lead on the first day, cruised to the team title with an 879 total, 24 shots better than runnerup Middle Tennessee (903). Lamar held onto third place (925), followed by Murray State (932), Jacksonville State (946), Belmont (963), Western Kentucky (967), Tech (991), Lipscomb (993) and Northern Kentucky (1,005).

Freshman Megan Williamson, plaiying in her first collegiate tournament, was next on the leaderboard for coach Polk Brown's team, finishing tied for 39th place with a 248 total. Redshirt freshmn Madalyn Everts tied for 42nd place at 249, followed by freshman Katya Hoffman in 51st place (255) and freshman Allison Geer in 55th (265).

Senior Amanda Randolph, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 53rd place with a 264 total.

The women's team takes two weeks to prepare for its next outing, the Great Smokies Invitational, Sept. 17-18.