By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s women’s golf team placed 16th at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate this past weekend, but don’t let the placement cloud Eastern’s efforts. Out of the 16 competing teams, half are ranked in the top-40 in the country and occupied the top-five positions on the leaderboard.
The University of Tennessee hosted the three-day event at the par 71, 5,870-yard Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.
The Colonels shot rounds of 324, 313 and 320 for a 54-hole total of 957.
No. 2 ranked South Carolina captured the team title with a three-day total of 865 strokes, 14 clear of No. 13 Tennessee (879). Kent State (880), Louisville (884) and Central Florida (887) rounded out the top-five respectively.
Junior Becky Sharpe tied for 68th in the event and led Eastern with a score of 235. Junior Anna Gleixner (238) and sophomore Sophia Levin (238) finished in a share of 75th place in the field of 90 golfers. Levin’s shot a second round 2-over par 73, the lowest round for the Colonels over the weekend.
The Colonels tee it up for the final time in the fall portion of its 2014-15 schedule Oct. 27 to 28 at the Charles Braun Intercollegiate. The University of Evansville will host the event.