After charging to a three stroke lead, Augusta James of Bath, Ontario was looking like she just might capture her first NCAA Victory at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge (hosted by the University of Louisville) on February 28th. Unfortunately the rookie was caught be her North Carolina State teammate, Brittany Marchand, in the final round and would eventually lose the playoff.
James posted back to back rounds of 69 on the 1st day of play in Weston, Florida but had to settle for a 72 in the last round. Marchand, a native of Orangeville, Ontario, came on strong with a three under par, 69, of her own on the last full loop of the course, forcing a playoff in which she would prevail.
It was the second individual NCAA win for Marchand who also won an event in her rookie season last year.
For Marchand it might have been revenge for the Ontario Junior title that James beat her out for in 2010. The pair battled it out at the Rivendell Golf Club in Verona that summer, with James coming out on top. Coincidentally the other contender that day, and eventual Juvenile Champion, was Vivian Tsui, now also a teammate at NC State.
In Florida that trio combined with Amanda Baker and Ana Menendez to make up the NC State squad who won the team competition by a whopping 22 strokes.
The team score of 858 sets a new school record for a three-round tournament score. The previous best was an 864 set last season at the Cougar Classic.
The WolfPack squad’s final round of 282 also sets a new school record for lowest team round, the previous best was the Pack’s 287 the day before and also last year at the Cougar Classic.
The victory is the team’s second of the 2011-12 school year, as the Pack won the Cardinal Cup, also hosted by Louisville, back in the fall.
The next tournament for the team will be at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Invitational on March 9-11.
Individual Finishes by NC State Team Members
P1. Brittany Marchand 70-71-69–210 (-6)
P2. Augusta James 69-69-72–210 (-6)
T4. Ana Menendez 78-73-68–219 (+3)
T4. Amanda Baker 72-74-73–219 (+3)
T19. Maureen Dunnagan* 81-72-73–226 (+10) *competed as individual
T39. Vivian Tsui 80-76-76–232 (+16)
Sir Pizza Card Challenge Team Scores
1. NC State 289-287-282–858 (-6)
2. Texas State 299-293-289–880 (+16)
3. Miami (Fla.) 295-299-301–895 (+31)
4. South Florida 300-300-304–904 (+40)
5. Louisville 306-302-302–910 (+46)
6. Memphis 308-309-294–911 (+47)
T7. Southern Mississippi 301-305-309–915 (+51)
T7. East Tennessee State 310-305-300–915 (+51)
T9. Kansas 306-308-305–919 (+55)
T9. Missouri 309-306-304–919 (+55)
11. Florida Int’l 309-303-309-921 (+57)
12. UNC Wilmington 309-311-310–930 (+66)
13. Cincinnati 310-322-315–947 (+83)
14. Delaware 322-310-324–956 (+92)