Women’s golf sets school record 324 at AAC Fall Championship

Written by: Colby Roach

PINEVILLE, Ky.—Bryan College Women’s Golf team tied for fifth at the AAC Fall Championship at Wasioto Winds Golf Club Tuesday after a season low score of 658 (+82) for the two days.

The tight 5900-yard course’s receptive greens provided low scoring for the Lions both days.

“I was really proud of how the girls battled today on a very challenging course that has some extremely tight holes,” said Coach Peter Bollant. “It gives us a lot of hope this early in the season.”

Milligan College took the title with the low team round for both days totaling 614 (+38) securing a 10-stroke victory over Tennessee Wesleyan University.

The Lions finished with two players inside the top 20 — Krista Reinhardt (Jr.) at 161 (+17) and Sarah Falcon (Sr.) at 162 (+18). Reinhardt struggled on day one, but rallied with a 75 (+3) on day two securing her the low round of the tournament for the Lions and notching her a 19-place finish.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the girls played, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Reinhardt. “I really struggled the first day, but after consulting with coach Jake [Goins] and my dad, we found something in my swing that drastically improved my ball striking on day two.”

Reinhardt added, “I’m excited for what the rest of the season has to offer and our continued growth as a team.”

Not far behind Reinhardt and Falcon was freshman Taylor Williams. Williams fired rounds of 82 (+10) and 83 (+11) in her first AAC Tournament.

“I was really nervous on Monday, but on Tuesday I was really excited to get back out there,” said Williams. “This tournament score was our career low and I’m excited to see if we can improve and set another school record.”

Other notable scores for the Lions on day one were Helen Busch (Jr.) and Christina Lee (Sr.) with 84 (+12) and 85 (+13) respectively.

Milligan College’s Megan Gaylor and Sarah Son tied for the medalist position at 148 (+4). Gaylor prevailed in the first playoff hole securing the AAC Fall Championship title and trophy.

The low round of the tournament went to Danielle Bates of Tennessee Wesleyan University with an impressive second round of 70 (-2). Bates strong second round placed her one shot behind the leaders at the end of the two days.

Though only having one tournament prior to the AAC Fall Championship, the Lady Lions positioned themselves well as they look to claim the AAC Title at the AAC Spring Championship.

The Lady Lions are back on the course at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational at Stonebridge Golf Course in Rome, Ga. on Oct. 23-24.

Colby Roach is a Communications: Journalism Option major. Colby is the sports editor for the Bryan Triangle. He has also completed an internship with the Chattanooga Times Free Press.