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Pair of top-10 finishes pace Golden Eagles at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate

Pair of top-10 finishes pace Golden Eagles at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women's golf team capped off action at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon, concluding play at Clarksville Country Club with an ascension up the leaderboard.

Following a 316, the team's best round of the tournament, the Golden Eagles jumped into sixth place among the 10 teams in competition with a final score of 965. Belmont lept past host Austin Peay to win the event with a 920. The Bruins' Delia Gibbs captured individual medalist honors with a 225.

Pacing the purple and gold was Ainsley Simms, narrowly missing out on All-Tournament honors with a sixth-place finish among the 59 golfers. The junior posted an 80 with a birdie and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole to wrap up the week with a 232 collectively. 

Competing as an individual, Makenzie Morton tied her career-best score from the first week of the season with a 233. The senior used one birdie to compile an 82 to tie for seventh overall. 

Fellow senior Katrine Toennessen posted her best round of the event on Tuesday, producing a 78 with a trio of birdies to secure a top-25 performance. Finishing 23rd overall, she totaled 240 for the week. Her sister, Elisabeth Toennessen also registered a 78 on the day, tying for 26th overall just two shots back. The senior used 10 pars and a birdie to round out the day with a 242.

Rookie Kaitlyn Rand saved her best round of the event for Tuesday, turning in an 80 with a birdie. She tied for 36th with a total score of 251. Rounding out the Tech lineup, senior Gittle Sciolis also performed her best in the final round with a pair of birdies and an 82. Her final score of 254 tied her for 40th overall.

Freshman Kaydi Rhodes wrapped up her collegiate debut with a round of 86 and one more birdie. Competing as an individual, the youngster concluded the week 43rd overall with a final score of 256.

Next up for the Golden Eagles is the two-day, Pirate Collegiate Classic hosted by East Carolina from Monday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Greenville Country Club in Greenville, S.C.

Top 5 Teams:
1.    Belmont    307-312-301=920    +56
2.   Austin Peay   316-294-313=923   +59
3.   North Alabama   314-316-313=943   +79
4.   Murray State   324-309-317=950   +86
5.   Jacksonville State   315-319-323=957   +93
6.   Tennessee Tech   328-321-316=969   +101


Leaderboard (59 Golfers)
1.    Delia Gibbs (Belmont)    73-80-72=225    +9
6.   Ainsley Simms   77-75-80=232   +16
T-7.   Makenzie Morton*   74-77-82=233   +17
23.   Katrine Toennessen   80-82-78=240   +24
T-26.   Elisabeth Toennessen   83-81-78=241   +25
T-36.   Kaitlyn Rand   88-83-80=251   +35
T-40.   Gittle Sciolis   88-84-82=254   +38
43.   Kaydi Rhodes*   85-85-86=256   +40
 *competed as an individual

File photo by Emily Armstrong

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