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Women's Golf Picked to Finish Second in Preseason Coaches Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Belmont Abbey College has been voted the 2011 women’s golf preseason favorite by league head coaches.  The 2010 Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions wrapped up this past fall season ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II rankings, competing in four tournaments by winning three and setting individual, school and tournament records in two of those. Pfeiffer University comes in second, with one first place vote while Queens completes the top three.

The Abbey finished third in the tournament it did not win, the NSU Shark Invitational. The Crusaders closed out the fall on October 19 with an eight shot win at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. The Abbey set the 18 hole record with an opening round 294 and added to its first round lead with a 297 on the last day. The two day score of 591 is also a new tournament record.

Abbey senior Michelle Low is ranked tenth in the NCAA Division II rankings with a scoring average of 74.88 in eight rounds played. Low is joined by Sophomore Meagan Wallace who set school and tournament records with a final round six-under par 66, the lowest round of the year nationally featuring six birdies and a dozen pars, and her 139 total also set a new Patsy Rendleman Invitational tournament mark.

The Pfeiffer University women’s golf team has been selected to finish in the runner’s up spot in 2011 as voted on by the league’s coaches. The Lady Falcons welcomed in five freshman and one transfer in the fall, adding on to the return of senior Jackie McMenimon and junior Chelsea Demers. In four fall events, Pfeiffer finished in the top four under first year head coach Greg Flesher.

In the season opener at Anderson, the Lady Falcons ended up second behind fourth and fifth place finishes by freshman Steph Peareth and Angela Jimenez. In a tough Falcon Cup field, Pfeiffer rounded out fourth again led by Jimenez and Peareth. In a talented DI field at the Boscobel Intercollegiate, the young Lady Falcons again held their own finishing fourth in front of High Point and Presbyterian. The freshman duo finished again inside the top 10. Facing an even tougher field at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational, Gimenez finished eighth overall leading Pfeiffer to a third-place finish.  

Queens University of Charlotte has been selected in the third spot for the third consecutive year. The Royals prepared for the spring with some of the toughest tournaments around, including their own Royals Invitational at TPC Sawgrass. In addition to challenging tournaments on challenging courses, Queens went toe-to-toe with exceptional competition this fall. The upperclassman showed good promise against some of the nation’s best and the younger players started to find their composure as the fall finished up. With those components and consistent play by all, Queens looks to roll a solid fall season into an even better spring season.

Rounding out the women’s golf preseason poll 4-8 was: Limestone & Mount Olive (tied), Erskine, Coker, and St. Andrews respectively.

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