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Chattanooga Claims Lady Paladin Invitational Title, Furman Finishes Fifth

Chattanooga Claims Lady Paladin Invitational Title, Furman Finishes Fifth

Greenville, S.C. -- Chattanooga (305-308-302=915) fired a final round 302 to claim the team title and Nova Southeastern's Sandra Changkija (73-77-73=223) edged Charlotte Lorentzen (73-76-74=223) of Georgia State on the second hole of a sudden death playoff for her second straight Lady Paladin Invitational title on Sunday at the par-72, 6,199-yard Furman University Golf Course.  

The Lady Mocs finished 14 strokes ahead of second place Georgia State (302-320-307=929) on the strength of Emma de Groot's (75-78-73=226) fourth place finish and a fifth place finish by Christine Wolf (74-76-77=227).  Nova Southeastern (307-318-308=933) wrapped up third place with a final round 308 while Longwood (310-318-309=937) and Furman (310-320-309=939) rounded out the top five.

Changkija, who won last year's rain-shortened Lady Paladin, secured the title in a playoff after posting a final round one-over 73.  The senior became the first player to claim back-to-back Lady Paladin titles since Furman's Kristel Mourgue d'Algue accomplished the feat with victories in 1991 and 1992.

For Furman, sophomore Alexa Rancourt (75-82-74=231) birdied a pair of holes on the back nine to shoot a team-best 74 and claim a share of eighth place.  Senior Stefanie Kenoyer (80-79-77=236) and sophomore Laura Wearn (77-80-79=236) shared 21st place at 20-over par.

The fifth place finish this weekend concludes the fall season for the Lady Paladins.

Full tournament results and statistics are available at www.golfstatresults.com.

5 Furman 310 320 309 939

T8 Alexa Rancourt 75 82 74 231

T21 Stefanie Kenoyer 80 79 77 236

T21 Laura Wearn 77 80 79 236

T38 Jackie Hilea 78 83 79 240

T43 Liz Wendt 83 79 81 243