Gardner-Webb Secures Second Place At 2017 Big South Women's Golf Championship

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NINETY SIX, S.C. – Gardner-Webb strengthened its hold on second place Wednesday, wrapping up its highest finish since 2011 at the Big South Women's Golf Championship.

The tournament was held on the 6,045-yard Championship Course (Par 72) at the Patriot at Grand Harbor.

The Runnin' Bulldogs fired a 291 under more difficult conditions Wednesday, finishing nine strokes in front of third-place High Point. Campbell shot its second-straight 280 as a team to win the team title.

Freshman Allison Chandler finished just outside the mix for All-Tournament honors, shooting her best round of the tournament – a 70 – to take sixth place. Chandler was only one stroke out of fifth place for the tournament.

The Chester, Nova Scotia, native carded three birdies on the front nine to finish two under par, before running into trouble early on the back nine. After three consecutive bogeys, she found her groove again on the 13th, sinking a birdie on the 340-yard par five.

Chandler then finished the back nine in style, recording birdies on the 15th and 17th holes to finish at 70. She finished with 12 birdies for the tournament, which ranked second.

Seniors Taylor Dodson (76-70-74-220) and Sarah Bertram (78-71-71-220) each tied for 11th, with Bertram shooting her second-straight round of 71. Both finished just one stroke outside the top-10.

Bertram had three birdies on Wednesday, sinking putts on the 7th, 11th and 18th holes.

Dodson battled past a difficult first six holes that saw four bogeys and a double bogey, but she recovered nicely. The two-time All-Big South performer showed her mettle, finishing the front nine with consecutive birdies on the 8th and 9th holes – and starting the back nine with a birdie on the very difficult 10th.

The South Aiken, S.C., standout shot par over her next three holes – then birdied the 14th and 15th. Those were her 10th and 11th birdies of the tournament.

Wassawan Sangkapong (74-72-76-222) finished in a tie for 14th, just two strokes back of Bertram and Dodson. Julia Henderson (74-76-76-226) finished in a tie for 23rd.