South Carolina finished strong with a 3-under 285 Sunday, outpacing rival Clemson for a win at the Florida State Match-Up.
The Gamecocks finished with a 7-over 871, two strokes better than the Tigers at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla. Sophomore Sarah Schmelzel led the team with a final round 70, taking a runner-up finish.
“I’m really proud of the team,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said in a release. “With Clemson, coming down the stretch it was really tight all day. I’m proud of the way they played, they played well and it was fun to play well and battle until the end. It was nice to see everyone step up throughout the week. Everyone really contributed.”
Florida State freshman Matilda Castren won individual honors after tying her career low score for a single round with 68s on the first two days.
“Matilda played a phenomenal round of golf today,” Florida State head coach Amy Bond said Saturday in a release. “It was one of the best rounds I’ve seen in a long time. She kept her composure and hit some great shots.”
Rounding out the top five was Florida State, Virginia and Texas A&M.
The tournament featured a match-up format, with teams combining to take their four best individual scores and their single worst score to a arrive at a team score. Virginia and Clemson teamed up to take first, followed by the duo of South Carolina and Mississippi State.
Notre Dame was originally scheduled to play in the tournament, but was unable to travel to Florida due to weather problems.