JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The Mercer women's golf team closed out the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship in third place on Wednesday, tying the program's highest finish in the 24-year history of the event.
After leading the field through two days of competition that featured a complete first round on Monday and a partial second round on Tuesday, the Bears closed their showing at the event with scores of 312 and 299 on the final day. Mercer's three-round total of 905 was two strokes behind Kennesaw State for second and nine strokes behind ETSU for the team title.
Mercer also finished third in the 2012 and 2007 editions of the A-Sun Championship. The Bears' final tournament score of 905 was the third-best A-Sun Championship total in school history, bested only by an 880 in 2012 and an 893 in 2013.
Seniors Lacey Fears and Mary Alice Murphy led the way for the Bears in the event, both tying for fifth place with three-round totals of 224. Fears opened with an even-par 72 on Monday and wrapped up her showing with scores of 77 and 74 on Tuesday. Murphy shot 73 on Monday and added rounds of 76 and 75 on Wednesday.
Fears' effort marked her sixth top-10 finish of the season and second time she's placed inside the top-five at the A-Sun Championship. As a sophomore in 2012, Fears tied for the individual title before losing the NCAA Tournament individual automatic bid to ETSU's Gabriella Wahl in a playoff hole.
Murphy has now landed seven top-20 and four top-10 placements as a senior, highlighted by individual medalist honors at the Fighting Camel Classic on October 22, 2013.
Freshman Katy Harris closed out the event in 10th place individually with a three-round total of 226. Harris sandwiched a second round 78 with 74's in the first and third rounds. Her freshman campaign featured three top-10's, including individual medalist honors at the Eat a Peach Collegiate on September 8, 2013.
Junior Sarah Louie Brown signed for scores of 81 and 75 on Wednesday after shooting 75 Monday. Brown's cumulative total of 231 tied her for 18th place and marked her second top-20 finish of the year. Freshman Marin Hanna booked an 82 and a 76 on Tuesday to end in a tie for 27th place at 234.