JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Stetson University junior Mallory Viera posted the best finish of her collegiate career, closing with a two-under par score of 70 on Wednesday to tie for fourth place at the Atlantic Sun Championship.
Viera entered the final round of play off consecutive rounds of 73 on the Pine Lakes Course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. She got off to a hot start in her final round, with a trio of birdies on the front to make the turn at 33. She then posted seven straight pars before a birdie on the par three 17th moved her to four under par and into a tie for second.
The final hole of the day kept her from challenging tournament medalist Ines Lescudier of Kennesaw State as the result of a double bogey.
“Mallory played a solid round today and played well throughout the tournament,” Stetson coach Floyd Kerr said. “She didn’t finish the way she wanted to, but she played a great round. Earning a top five finish is a great accomplishment.”
Viera had just four bogeys over the three rounds of play, to go with eight birdies. Her only two bad holes were the sixth on Tuesday and the 18th today, both of which produced double bogeys.
Lescudier lapped the rest of the field in the final round, posting a tournament record score of 66 to finish the tournament at six under par 210. Her final round included a stretch of seven consecutive birdies on the back nine.
Even with her sparkling play on Wednesday, and a disqualification for East Tennessee State’s No. 1 player, Chloe Garner, the Bucs were able to hold off Kennesaw State to win the conference title by six shots over the Owls.
“The way ETSU played this week, there is no one in this conference that could beat them,” Kerr said. “I don’t know what happened with the disqualification, but without that they win by double figures.”
Behind Viera, the Hatters struggled in the final round. Sammi Smith was unable to maintain momentum from her bogey free second round and finished with a 10-over par 82, dropping into a tie for 23rd overall.
Ryan Ashburn earned a top 20 finish in the tournament, closing with a 77 on Wednesday. Claudia Redinger and Jenna Hoecker tied for 31st with matching totals of 234. Redinger finished with a 78 on Wednesday while Hoecker closed with an 80.
“We played decent, and had two really good rounds,” Kerr said. “Florida Gulf Coast played really above their heads, but ETSU is five deep and showed that they are the class of the league.”
Sian Evans led ETSU to the team title with a second place finish, four shots behind Lescudier. The Bucs had three players finish in the top seven individually.
Florida Gulf Coast (887) finished third with Mercer (893) and Stetson (905) behind.
Viera and Lescudier were joined on the All-Tournament team by Sian Evans of ETSU, Gabriella Wahl of ETSU, Kristin Swindell of FGCU and Jessica Welch of Jacksonville.