Late surge carries Florida to one-shot victory over Clemson in Cougar Classic

Tigers fall just short of winning inaugural tournament; Ashlan Ramsey, Sloan Shanahan tie for second

Women's Golf - Sloan Shanahan

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Women's Golf - Sloan Shanahan

Florida surged as Clemson slipped, and the Tiger women's golf team came up just short in its quest for the winner's circle in its inaugural tournament.

The Gators shot a tournament-best seven under-par 281, made up a dozen shots on Clemson over the final 18 holes, and edged the Tigers by one stroke, 859 to 860 in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall in Charleston.

The Tigers finished one stroke ahead of tournament host College of Charleston, a dozen ahead of South Carolina - which was ranked one spot ahead of Clemson in the preseason poll - and 21 strokes ahead of Auburn, which finished sixth in the nation last season.

Freshman teammates Ashlan Ramsey (72-69-71) and Sloan Shanahan (69-69-74) tied for second individually at four-under - one shot behind Florida's Anna Young (73-71-67).

Ramsey, the world's top-ranked amateur player, carried a narrow lead into the home stretch, but slipped from three-under to one-under when she bogied the 16th and 17th holes.

Clemson, which led by five shots going into the final round, shot a five-over 293 on Tuesday - the Tigers' worst of the tournament by eight shots.

The Tigers, who slipped by College of Charleston at the third-round turn, briefly regained the lead when McKenzie Talbert eagled the 15th hole. It was the second eagle in two rounds for Talbert.

Lauren Salazar (71-72-75) finished third among the Tigers and 19th overall at two-over, while Talbert (76-72-73) was five-over and tied for 37th. Jessica Huang (73-77-77) tied for 59th.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

While this was a good result for the Lady Tiger Golf team, the fact to the matter is they through the tournament away with a real bad day on Tuesday. To blow a 12 stroke lead or whatever it was they had on Florida is inexcusable. Of course, our play has nothing to with their play, but we blew it by playing bad. Plain and simple we played like dogs on Tuesday and lost because of it. They may not ever blow a lead again in a golf tournament as long as these girls are playing. They are real good and I am just really disappointed they lost. I was telling everybody they would win the first tournament a Clemson girls team ever played in and they had it. Everybody had a bad day, I guess, but it's too bad they had a bad day today because they had this thing in the bag. They are good.

cwby writes:

in response to rsb8931#286014:

While this was a good result for the Lady Tiger Golf team, the fact to the matter is they through the tournament away with a real bad day on Tuesday. To blow a 12 stroke lead or whatever it was they had on Florida is inexcusable. Of course, our play has nothing to with their play, but we blew it by playing bad. Plain and simple we played like dogs on Tuesday and lost because of it. They may not ever blow a lead again in a golf tournament as long as these girls are playing. They are real good and I am just really disappointed they lost. I was telling everybody they would win the first tournament a Clemson girls team ever played in and they had it. Everybody had a bad day, I guess, but it's too bad they had a bad day today because they had this thing in the bag. They are good.

Thumbs down for your negative comment. These girls are all rookies in their first college tourney and I think they did a fantastic job. I am calling on all Tiger fans to go to Furman next weekend to support our team.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

in response to cwby:

Thumbs down for your negative comment. These girls are all rookies in their first college tourney and I think they did a fantastic job. I am calling on all Tiger fans to go to Furman next weekend to support our team.

You need to read my entire comment. I had plenty of good things to say about them. The fact remains, it doesn't matter how old they are, they had a bad day Tuesday and lost. Everybody has bad days. I also said they may never lose a tournament again with the lead. And I also said they were all real good, which they are. So, yes, there was some negativity there, but it was only because I had so much confidence in them because I know they were good and I followed them all weekend and then saw it slip away Tuesday afternoon. They should have won. And I don't care if they are only 12 or 22 they blew it and they know it.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

Golf and tennis when playing as a freshman has less impact on you that other team sports may have. These girls or boys have been playing in tournaments since they were little kids and being in a college golf tournament isn't anything they can't get accustomed to real quick. While college golf is a team sport, technically, the reality is it's a one person game. You are by yourself our there playing the course but you add all scores up and then it becomes a team sport. The girls did great, I was just really disappointed they didn't win because I really thought last week they would win because of all the good players they have.

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