JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The Mercer women's golf team capped off its competition at the Atlantic Sun Championship with a team score of 301 in Wednesday's final round. The Bears' effort combined with scores of 298 and 294 on Monday and Tuesday to place the squad fourth on the final team leaderboard at the Jekyll Island Pine Lakes Golf Course.
East Tennessee State captured the league title with a three-round total of 870, while Kennesaw State (886) took second and Florida Gulf Coast (887) placed third. Mercer's 893 outpaced fifth-placed Stetson by 12 strokes.
"This is tough to swallow," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "We did everything we could to prepare for the championship, but we just didn't execute. Our hats are off to ETSU as they executed with determination all three days."
For the third-straight day, the Bears had a different player step up and card the team's low round. On Wednesday, it was sophomore Sara Louie Brown's turn, as she paced the squad with a 71 (-1). The round marked the first sub-par score of her collegiate career and came in conjunction with rounds of 76 and 73 to lift her to a 10th place finish.
Junior Lacey Fears shot 78 on Tuesday after posting scores of 75 and 71 in the first two rounds. Her 56-hole score of 224 slotted her 12th on the individual leaderboard. Junior Mary Alice Murphy was one stroke behind her, placing 13th after registering scores of 75, 74 and 76 at the event.
Senior Kaitlin Marrin signed for 77's on Tuesday and Wednesday after opening competition with an even-par 72. Her three-day total of 226 slotted her 14th individually. Senior Aurelie Wiriath's Wednesday 77 came on the heels of a 79 and a 76. She finished in a tie for 26th place.