Sophomore Emily Brooks shot an opening-round 69 and the Elon University women’s golf team never looked back en route to winning its first team title since 2010 at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla.

The Phoenix finished +11 with a combined score of 892 for the three-day event, shooting combined rounds of 293, 300 and 299. Elon defeated second-place Georgia State University by four strokes.

Two Elon players, Brooks and sophomore Kathryn Buckingham, finished in a tie for eighth place in among the 93 competitors with scores of 222. Brooks followed up her 69 with rounds of 78 and 75.  Brooks had four birdies in her first round. Buckingham shot 73, 76 and 73 in her three rounds. Her final round included four birdies.

Sophomore Sunna Vidisdottir finished tied for 13th, shooting 223 with rounds of 75, 69 and 79. Her second round 69 included four birdies and only a single bogey. Freshman Kelsey Badmaev tied for 20th at 225, shooting 76, 77 and 72. Badmaev birdied three of her final five holes on Sunday to help win the tournament.

Rounding out the Elon team contingent was junior Katie Partridge, who finished tied for 50th with a combined score of 235. Partridge shot 76, 79 and 80 in her three rounds.

Phoenix freshman Taylor Wilkerson competed as an individual in the tournament and finished tied for 48th with a score of 234. She shot 79, 74 and 81 over the course of the tournament.

On the final two days of the event, heavy winds affected play at the tournament. Elon ranked third after both the first and second rounds at the 6,282-yard course.

Daytona State College freshman Tiffany Chan won the individual portion of the event by shooting 215 with rounds of 73, 71 and 71.

Elon will return to action at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga., March 30-April 1. The tournament is hosted by Georgia State.


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