Lady Cougars Finish Third, Libaak Claims PBC Individual Championship
By CSU Sports Information
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The 37th-ranked Columbus State University women's golf team concluded their Peach Belt Conference Championship with a third place finish, their best in program history. The tournament was played at the Slammer and Squire golf course in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Lady Cougars produced their first ever PBC women's golf tournament champion as All-Conference selection Victoria Libaak finished in first place at the end of the 54-hole tournament. Tied atop the leaderboard after the first 36-holes, Libaak put together a round of 75, including draining a birdie on her third final hole to put her in the overall lead at 9-over. The sophomore would then par the final two holes to maintain her one-stroke advantage, giving Libaak her first ever individual win as a Lady Cougar.
"Vicky winning the individual title was a crowning achievement for her dedication this season, I am so happy for her," said Mark Immelman.
Columbus State fired a 307 in the final round to give them a team total of 940. Flagler (923) took home the team title, a full nine shots ahead of second place UNC Pembroke (934). Young Harris (945) and North Georgia (957) rounded out the top five.
After entering the final round outside the top ten, Monica Ruiz Pavon carded a 74 in the final round to finish at 17-over. Pavon drilled a birdie in her third to last hole before ending with two pars to get her a top-ten finish, tying for seventh overall.
Anna Meleshkina entered the clubhouse in a tie for 12th-overall after her 81 on the afternoon. Meleshkina finished the conference championship with a 22-over par score, just missing out on a top-ten finish.
The Columbus-native Hannah Holland had a solid final round, collecting a 5-over 77. Holland started her day with eight-straight pars, including 14 overall in the 18 hole round. She ended in a tie for 22nd at 31-over for the tournament.
Jordan Booker wrapped up her tournament with an 82 in the final round as the drop score. At 35-over she finished in 26th place.
The Lady Cougars put together their best season in program history this year. CSU finished with two overall wins and tied for first before losing in the playoff in a third event. Including the conference tournament, the Lady Cougars finished in the top-four in seven of the ten events they participated in this season.