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Golden Eagles wrap up 2020-21 campaign seventh at OVC Championships

Golden Eagles wrap up 2020-21 campaign seventh at OVC Championships

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech women's golf team put a cap on its 2020-21 campaign Tuesday afternoon, concluding play at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships at the Highlands Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove.

The Golden Eagles wrapped up the COVID-19-shortened season seventh overall in the league's annual championship tournament, posting a 314 for a final score of 935 for the three days of competition. Leading the pack for the third-straight day to win the title was Jacksonville State, finishing with a 286 for the round and 3-under 861 for the event. The Gamecocks' Berta Sanchez Sabe passed her teammate and leader on both days one and two, Ana Perez Altuna, captured the individual crown, ripping off a 6-under 66 to total a 7-under 209.

For Tech, it was redshirt senior Arianna Clemmer pacing her squad in the final tournament of her collegiate career. After coming to Cookeville as a true freshman back in the Fall of 2015, the Milan, Tenn. native concluded her lengthy Golden Eagle career with a 76 by shooting even-par on the back nine. She totaled 230 for the week, tying for 15th overall among the field of 40 golfers. 

Junior Heidi Lawson used four birdies to trim five shots from her second-round score to card a 78 on the final day. She finished 24th with a final score of 234. Matching her teammate's 78 on Tuesday was senior Hannah Bratton, who racked up 12 pars over her final 18 holes of the tournament. She totaled a 237 to finish 29th overall.

Just one shot behind Bratton was sophomore Elisabeth Toennessen, producing a 238 overall. The Grimstad, Norway native tallied an 82 to complete her first career taste of the OVC Championships 30th among the field. Also putting the finishing touches on her first league championship event was freshman Ainsley Simms, posting an 83 for a 243 total to tie for 33rd.

Top 5 Teams:
1.    Jacksonville State    292-283-286=861    -3
2.   Eastern Kentucky   301-288-296=885   +21
3.   Belmont   301-307-294=902   +38
4.   Murray State   303-305-299=907   +43
5.   Morehead State   306-313-303=922   +58
7.   Tennessee Tech   308-313-314=935   +71


Leaderboard (40 Golfers)
1.    Berta Sanchez Sabe (Jacksonville State)   72-71-66=209   -7
T-15.   Arianna Clemmer   78-76-76=230    +14
24.   Heidi Lawson    73-83-78=234    +18
29.   Hannah Bratton   79-80-78=237   +21
30.   Elisabeth Toennessen   81-75-82=238   +22
T-33.   Ainsley Simms   78-82-83=243   +27

Photo by Colby Wilson, Austin Peay Athletics

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