BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UAB Athletics) For the first time since 2007, the UAB women’s golf team captured a team tournament title, winning the USA Intercollegiate on Monday afternoon at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Crossings Course in Mobile.
Along with winning the team title, senior Tia Teiniketo won the individual crown at -12 and played lights out each day, shooting in the 60s in all three rounds (67-68-69 = 204, -12). She won the title by four strokes.
The Blazers set a school record with a 285 in the opening round, and tied that the following day. UAB shot 298 in the final round and held on to defeat North Florida by one stroke. The Blazers were +4 overall, while UNF finished second at +5.
The two teams battled to the end, and it was Teiniketo and Stephenie Fowler who birdied their final holes to help lift the Blazers to victory.
“Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of this team, it was a really fun experience,” head coach Ryan Ashburn said. “Driving down to Mobile, I had a player ask me what place we were supposed to get in this tournament and I said ‘first.’ Team chemistry is great and everyone gets along, which is great to see with so many new people on the team.
“We’ve worked very hard to get ready to play. We played every round as its own, as if the last one didn’t matter. Obviously playing with the lead is more difficult, but as we continue to put ourselves in these situations, we will get more comfortable with it. We are looking forward to competing again in Greenville this weekend.”
In her first career tournament for the Blazers, sophomore Chiara Vikkula (71-73-77) was UAB’s second finisher as the tied for 20th overall at +5. Senior Kenna Hughes (72-72-78) was one stroke behind her as she tied for 30th at +6.
Fowler moved up eight spots in the final round with a two-over 74 and finished tied for 48th, while Caroline Waldrop rounded out the Blazers’ efforts in 52nd place at +11.
The Blazers are back in action at the Pirate Collegiate Classic hosted by East Carolina University next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-24, in Greenville, N.C.