By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s women’s golf team finished just 18 shots behind first place March 16 and 17 to finish at second in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. Belmont University won the tournament (602) and host Tennessee Tech University (629) finished in third behind the Colonels.
The event took place at the par-71, 5,803-yard Highlands Course and the Sevierville Golf Club.
The Colonels scored a total of 620 in the 36-hole event with a first-round score of 309 and second-round score of 311.
Junior Becky Sharpe led Eastern and finished third with a two-round total 149. Sharpe was four shots shy of the lead with rounds cores of 75 and 74. Her efforts earned her a spot on the all-tournament team.
Sophomore Emilie Simmons was close behind and tied for fifth with a total of 152.
Junior Anna Gleixner (160) tied with fellow Colonel junior Rachel Welker (160) in 23rd place while sophmore Sofie Levin (162) tied 30th. Senior Nicki Henry competed as an individual and placed 36th with a total score of 162.
The Colonels return March 29 and 30 in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State University.