JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Mercer freshman Katy
Harris fired a 2-under 70 in Sunday's final round of the Eat a Peach Collegiate
to capture individual medalist honors in the first collegiate event of her
career. As a team, the Bears captured the tournament's top five spots en
route to their third Eat a Peach title in the last four years.
Harris, who competed as an individual, shot
70 on the heels of back-to-back 72's to overtake senior teammate Lacey Fears
for the tournament title. Both Harris and Fears came into the day with
even-par scores of 144 in the first two rounds. Fears posted a 74 in
Sunday's final round to finish second, marking her fourth-straight top-two
finish in the event.
As a team, Mercer shot 303 on Sunday, 302
on Saturday and 293 on Friday. The three-day total of 898 outpaced
Seminole State (935) by 37 strokes, while Florida Gulf Coast was third at 937
and USC Upstate was fourth at 956.
The Bears' victory was the second
consecutive for the team after winning last year's event with a team score of
891. Head coach Gary Guyer has now led the team to nine tournament titles
in the last six years.
Freshman Macy McRaney also competed as an
individual and shot 72 to complete the event at 223 (+7) and finish
third. Her classmate Haley Austin registered a 75 on Sunday and finished
fifth at 225.
Senior Mary Alice Murphy completed a
fifth-place showing with a 76 on Sunday, while junior Sarah Louie Brown carded
a 78 and tied for sixth place with a tournament total of 228. Sophomore
Meredith Owen shot 80 in all three rounds and placed 17th while
freshman Marin Hanna booked scores of 80, 80 and 82 to place 19th.
Mercer resumes its fall schedule at the
Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, North Carolina on September 16.