Backed by a strong overall performance from junior Ashley Holder, the No. 31 UCF women's golf team finished tied for ninth at the Powerade Cougar Classic in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 15.
Holder finished tied seventh among individuals, shooting 1 under through the three-round tournament. She started out on fire, finishing the first round in third with a 69 (-3). She finished both the second and third rounds with a 1-over 73 in the 107-player field.
"I'm really excited and happy for Ashley," head coach Emily Marron said in a press release. "She hit the ball better than I've ever seen and just didn't get enough putts to fall to [get a] win this week. If she continues to play this way she will be in contention every week.”
As for the remainder of Knights in the tournament, junior Ayaka Nakayama tied for 40th, shooting 9 over par. Sophomore Laura Sojo tallied a 10-over-par tournament and tied for 50th. Junior Johanna Larsson carded 12 over par and finished tied for 60th in her first event as a Knight. Senior Mary Mulcahy finished the final round with an 81 (+9), dropping her total to 22 over for and tying for 95th.
The 20-team classic was won by No. 9 Arkansas, which secured the victory by seven shots over second place Georgia. No. 15 Virginia finished third, No. 24 Florida was fourth and Clemson rounded out the top five.
The Knights next tournament will be the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tennessee, Sept. 18th through Sept. 20th.
Jimmy Calhoun is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.