Florida Defends Southeastern Challenge Title
EATONTON, Ga. - Florida captured 17 ½ points in the final-round of three-ball matches to take the lead and win the Women's Southeastern Challenge Match with 29 total points to Georgia's 20 ½, and Alabama's 13 ½. The second biennial event took place at Reynolds Plantation-Great Waters, Monday, August 11- to Tuesday, August 12.
The first round of matches began Monday morning in the form of a four-ball format, also commonly known as best-ball. Florida captured 2 1/2 out of the possible 6 points, leaving the team tied with Alabama and trailing Georgia by 1 1/2 points. The afternoon matches, consisting of foursomes, proved to be a moving opportunity for Florida, earning 9 of the 12 available points. Victories in these 6 team matches gave Florida the outright lead, finishing the first day with 11 1/2 points, 3 over Georgia and 4 1/2 over Alabama.
The ladies of Florida performed even better in their final individual matches, passing their competition by a landslide. Of the possible 24 points that Florida could have taken, they won 17 1/2 and more than half of the team defeated their opponents before the difficult par 5 18th.
Team Florida was captained by Director of Women's Golf, Meghan Martinek, and Tournament Manager, Jenna Masnyk. The twelve lady squad consists of eight amateurs and four senior amateur selections. Team Florida was: Tara Connelly of Palm Beach Gardens, Charlotte Daughan of Orlando, Lauren Lamm of Lakewood Ranch, Sarah Matin of Winter Garden, Katie Mitchell of Atlantic Beach, Emily Rymer of Orlando, Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, and Mallory Viera of Howey-in-the-Hills. The four senior selections on the team are Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Gigi Higgins of Cape Coral, Lin McMillan of Palm Coast, and Therese Quinn of Jacksonville.
Lin McMillian, who also participated in the 2012 Inaugural Southeastern Challenge Matches, led the way in the Senior Division capturing all 5 possible points, remaining undefeated in Southeastern Challenge Match history. Therese Quinn also captured all 5 points sweeping her opponents. Four-time U.S Women's Mid-Am Champion, Meghan Stasi collected 3 points, going 2-2-1 in her matches with Tara Connelly and as well as individually.
The third biennial Southeastern Challenge Match will be hosted in 2016 by Alabama. Florida is set to host the fourth biennial event in 2018.