Smith finishes career with 79, CU women place fifth

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Senior Kayla Smith finished her Cumberland career with a seven-over par 79 and Smith and junior Katie Legge both tied for 11th overall in the final round of the Mid-South Conference Women’s Golf Championships here Wednesday at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.

Smith made par on eight of her first nine holes and collected one birdie in her final collegiate round, moving up four spots to tie for 11th. The Greenbrier native double bogeyed the par-3 fifth hole and the par-4 seventh but made a birdie in between. She also had three bogeys to start the back nine but ended her round with a par on the 13th hole.

Legge struggled early in her round, with bogeys on three of the first four holes and then a double bogey on No. 1 after three-putting on the 18th, but the Portland native registered four pars and a birdie on the rest of the front nine. Her biggest disappointment may have been a double bogey on her final hole, the par-4 14th, shooting 83 and tying for 11th as well.

Freshman Kaleigh Chitwood had a tough day at the office, beginning her day with a double bogey on the 14th hole and posting another on the second hole. The Lafayette native carded a triple bogey on the par-5 eighth hole and made an 11 on the par-5 10th, but posted her only birdie of the round on the par-3 12th hole, shooting 92 and placing 26th.

Sophomore Quincy Hogan shot a final-round 90 that included just two pars but only two double bogeys. The Carrollton, Ky., native shot seven-over on the back nine and registered the two doubles on the par-3 fifth hole and the par-4 seventh.

As a team Cumberland posted a 344 in the third round, moving up one spot to place fifth in the seven-team field. The University of the Cumberlands won the event by 29 shots with a 54-hole total of 922.

Garrett, Botts finish in top 10; Bulldogs take third

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Senior Austin Garrett fired a three-over par 75 in his final collegiate round and three players carded 78 in the final round of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Golf Championships here Wednesday at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.

Garrett and sophomore Ryan Botts both finished in the Top 10, with Botts tied for sixth and Garrett along in ninth, and freshman Zach Johnson was 14th.

Garrett got off to a rough start for the third straight day, carding a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third but came back with a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. The Smithville native eagled the par-5 10th and had another birdie on the 15th before a disastrous triple bogey on the par-3 16th.

He finished with two pars for his 75 and shot 224 for the tournament, eight strokes behind Lindsey Wilson’s Franck Medale and Michael Pospisil from the University of the Cumberlands, who both shot one-over par 217.

Botts was one of three players, along with Johnson and sophomore Peyton Broyles, to shoot six-over par 78 on the day. Botts also made double bogey on the first and bogey on the second and added another double bogey on the par-3 fifth hole before collecting a birdie on the par-5 sixth for the third straight day.

The Lebanon native collected 11 pars over the final 12 holes, with only a double bogey on the 16th.

Johnson’s first eight holes were a roller coaster with a double bogey to start on the second hole as well as three bogeys, two birdies and just one par. The Tampa, Fla., native birdied the 10th before stringing together seven pars over eight holes except for a double bogey on the par-4 17th.

Broyles tied for 21st with his second straight 78 and he, too, started his round with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third. The Gainesboro native birdied the sixth but recorded bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 before making the turn.

He birdies holes 12 and 15 on the back nine but made double bogey on the 16th and bogeys on 14 and 17 en route to his six-over par score.

Freshman Zach Kean carded a seven-over par 79, adding to the row of double bogeys on the players’ first holes, his on No. 3. The Cross Plains native registered 12 pars in his round, though, posting five bogeys along the way.

Cumberland finished third overall in the nine-team event, staying in the same place in the standings all three days. Lindsey Wilson won the event by 19 shots, the Blue Raiders’ first title since 2007.

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