Thursday, April 21, 2016

Meghan MacLaren
     Meghan MacLaren ... eighth victory on US women's college golf circuit. Possibly a record for
                                                          a British player?
Meghan MacLaren repeats as C-USA Women's

Championship individual winner

FORT MYERS, Florida – For the second-consecutive year, final-year Florida International University, Miami student Meghan MacLaren from Wellingborough has  claimed the individual tournament title, shooting a three-under, 69, on the final day of this year's C-USA Women's Golf Championships  at the Verandah Club's Old Orange course (par-72, 6,194-yard) in Fort Myers, Florida.   
It is Meghan's eighth win on the US women's college golf circuit  - which could be a record total by a British player? If you know otherwise, Email

Entering the final round with an even par tally, the Wellingborough Golf Club member and GB and I Vagliano Trophy team player  registered five birdies on Wednesday to finish with a three-under aggregate of 213, for her third conference title (2015 C-USA, 2013 Sun Belt). 
Meghan, bidding for a place in the GB and I team of eight for the Curtis Cup match against the United States at Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin June, ad rounds of 73, 71 and 69. 
In her final round she birdied the first, fifth, 12th, 13th and 18th with bogeys at the 14th and 16th. 
The reigning C-USA Golfer of the Year, MacLaren became just the second golfer in C-USA history to win back-to-back individual titles (Pam Buff – Tulane – 1998 and 1999). Her 54-hole total of 213 is the 10th-best in school history as MacLaren now owns six of the top 10 totals in program history.

With the title, MacLaren joins former Panther Moira Dunn (1991-1993) as the school's only three-time individual conference champions.
Meghan won by two shots from Hanley Long (Middle Tennessee) who birdied her last four holes in rounds of 72, 75 and 71 for 215
Rachel Walker (Old Dominion), from Dumfries, tied for third place on 218 with scores of 76, 73 and 69. 
The Scot, who was beaten finalist in last year's Scottish women's amateur championship at Monifieth, birdied the first, eighth, ninth and 15th, with only one bogey, at the sixth, in her closing round.
If she had not run up a double bogey 7 at the long 13th in her first round, Walker would have been that bit closer to finishing 2nd or T2.
Still it was one of Rachel's best performances Stateside.
Texas-San Antonio trio Becky McGeehan from Germany (74-70-74), Brogan Townend from Blackburn (78-78-72) and Aimee Ponte from the Channel Isles (82-82-77) finished T10 on 224, T16 on 228 and 45th on 241 respectively.
 Meghan MacLaren team-mate Sophie Godley from Notts finished 15th in the field off 55 with scores of 71, 80 and 75.
Georgina Blackman (Western Kentucky) from Essex shot 76-76-75 for T16 on 227.


Shooting three-under for the tournament, MacLaren improved her season stroke average to 72.83 (currently second-best in Florida International University golf team history).
The FIU Panthers finished the tournament in sixth place, shooting a 48-over, 912.


All-Tournament Team
1. Meghan MacLaren, FIU (medallist)
2. Hanley Long, Middle Tennessee
T3. Emily Miller, Middle Tennessee
T3. Rachel Walker, Old Dominion
5. Samantha Gotcher, Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee (876) won the team title ahead of Old Dominion (889) and Southern Mississippi (896).
Texas-Antonio and Western Kentucky tied for fourth on on 907. Florida International finished sixth of 11 teams.

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