Smith and Thompson Lead Lipscomb to Runaway Win at White Sands Bahamas NCAA Women’s Golf Invitational

October 23, 2022 (Paradise Island, Bahamas)  Teammates Mary Kate Smith and Lauren Thompson tied for individual honors at 4 under par over 54 holes, leading Lipscomb to a runaway win at the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Women’s Golf Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Smith led the field for the second consecutive day Sunday with a 4-under 68, while Thompson shot a 2-under 70.

Both finished at 212, while first-round leader Siarra Stout, who had the low round of 69 on the first day, was a stroke behind her teammates at 3 under 213. Thompson, a sophomore, earned the individual medal in a five-hole playoff, her second tournament win of the fall season.

The Bisons had the four best individual scorers overall and finished with a team total of 13-under-par 851, 35 strokes in front of runner-up Arkansas State, which was at 886. Central Arkansas was third at 895 and UNC Greensboro was next at 904.

Smith, a senior, shared the low round Sunday with teammate Mia Seeman, who finished at 2 over for the tournament. Stout, a senior, and Olivia Coit of Arkansas State were a stroke behind with 69s. Olivia Schmidt and Elise Schultz of Arkansas State also posted scores of par or better to finish in the top seven overall. Tania Nunez of Central Arkansas had a final round of 71 and finished tied for seventh.

“It couldn’t have been a better week for me or for our team,” said Thompson, who had two rounds under par over the 6,415-yard layout designed by major champion Tom Weiskopf. “I played well this week, and I made a lot of birdies (14). My putting carried me. But I also have a low ball flight and that gives me a bit of an advantage in the wind here. I’ve had a ton of fun this week, and I know I will be back to the Bahamas.”

“I am so happy for these girls,” said Lipscomb head coach Shannon O’Brien. “To have the low four scorers and to be 13 under par as a team is amazing. On top of that, we couldn’t have been anywhere more beautiful.

“Words can’t express how wonderful this week was for a bunch of girls from a school in Nashville. We came here to win, but we are going home with so much more. We have memories for a lifetime from the Bahamas. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to making this event so terrific.”

Rounding out the final team scoring in the eight-team field were host Little Rock at 908, Memphis at 918, South Dakota State at 928 and Florida Gulf Coast at 932.

Lipscomb joins Texas and Campbell as winners of the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Women’s Invitational. Viewed as one of the top collegiate challenges, this NCAA Invitational is among a handful of premier events held at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Most recently, the resort course hosted the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Final Team Scoring

1. Lipscomb, -13, 851
2. Arkansas State, +22, 886
3. Central Arkansas, +31, 895
4. UNCG, +40, 904
5. Little Rock, +44, 908
6. Memphis, +54, 918
7. South Dakota State, +62, 926
8. Florida Gulf Coast, +68, 932

Top Player Final Scoring

T1. Lauren Thompson (Lipscomb), 70-72-70-212 (-4)
T1. Mary Kate Smith (Lipscomb), 77-67-68-212 (-4)
3. Siarra Stout (Lipscomb), 69-75-69-213 (-3)
4. Mia Seeman (Lipscomb), 77-73-68-219 (+2)
5. Olivia Coit (Arkansas State), 74-76-69-219 (+2)
6. Elise Schultz (Arkansas State), 77-72-72-221 (+5)
T7. Olivia Schmidt (Arkansas State), 77-75-70-222 (+6)
T7. Tania Nunez (Central Arkansas),71-80-71-222 (+6)
9. Kellie Gachaga (Little Rock), 76-73-74-223 (+7)

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ABOUT OCEAN CLUB GOLF COURSE

Atlantis Paradise Island’s Ocean Club Golf Course offers a challenging and beautiful course for golfers desiring championship play. Masterfully conceived, the Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, par 72 championship course stretches over 7,100 yards on Atlantis’ peninsula. The course has hosted iconic sporting events such as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, and the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. For more information about Atlantis Paradise Island resort and the Ocean Club please visit www.atlantisbahamas.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational
Contact: Mike Harmon
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ATLANTIS CONTACT:

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