KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Sophomore Eunice Yi posted her third top-10 finish of the season on Tuesday with a third-place finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with a round-three 70 to lead the 25th-ranked GRU Augusta women's golf team to second overall behind unranked Coastal Carolina at the Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
GRU Augusta took second overall in the 20-team field with a 14-plus 878, 12 strokes behind Coastal Carolina. It is the fourth top-five finish the Jaguars have recorded this season. Furman finished one stroke behind the Jags in third and South Florida stole fourth place from Kansas - who sits fifth.
Yi shot her lowest round of the season with a 68 (-4) to open the tournament on Sunday and never dropped out of the top 10. Her round-three, two-under 70 secured her third place – highlighted by four birdies. She shot 215 (-1) for the three-day event, while teammate Jessica Haigwood placed next for GRU in eighth place with a three-over 219. Haigwood slipped out of the top five with a 75 (+3) in her final round after she picked up a few strokes on the par-four No. 15.
Teresa Caballer Hernani shot her second 73 (+1) of the event in round three to card a tie for 12th – her second best finish of the season (T5 LPI). Josefine Nyqvist had her worst round of the event, but was still managed to finish in a tie for 25th, thanks to solid play in the first round. Nyqvist scored an eight-over 224 after 54 holes.
Freshman Maggie Ashmore finished 89th out of 104 competitors in her first collegiate tournament in the starting lineup of five for the Jags. Ashmore posted the best round (76 +4) of her season in round two on Monday, but couldn't find her groove in the final 18 – shooting 2 25-plus 241.
The Palmetto wraps up the 2014 fall portion of the Jags' schedule. They return in 2015 on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Last season, GRU took second at the LPRC as current starters Josefine Nyqivst and Eunice Yi each earned top-15 finishes along with graduated senior Casey Kennedy.
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