USF Senior Writer
The Bulls shined the brightest on the final day of the Lady Paladin Classic and got rewarded for it.
The USF women's golf team jumped from third to first during Sunday's final round and captured its second straight tournament title by a stroke.
"We've been forced to finish strong on the final round all year and this event was no different," head coach Marci Kornegay said. "I was especially impressed with the team's composure on the last finishing holes with Kelli Pry and Christina Miller's eagles."
Both Bulls accomplished their feats in highlight-reel fashion.
Pry sunk her shot from 38 yards out on the par-5 second hole. Miller got onto the green in two strokes on No. 15 by hitting a shot from the fairway 230 yards out that rolled within 15 feet of the hole.
Miller's game has gotten stronger with time each tournament this season and Sunday was no different in Greenville, S.C. The sophomore, whose first round score of 82 had her in 40th place, wound up finishing the final round in second place overall at 11 over by firing a tournament-best 70.
Part of the challenge early on and throughout the entire tournament was putting on very unforgiving greens that left no player with an under-par score by the end.
"Putting on those greens would have been much more fun with clowns mouths and windmills," Kornegay said. "It was brutal this week, but I'm proud of the way they started to take control of the things they could control and let go of things that weren't in their control."
A strong mental game helped four of USF's top five players post scores in the 70s Sunday after the team entered the final round seven shots away from the lead.
Anna Hancock matched her best score of the tournament with a 77 to finish in 17th place at 20 over. Amy West's 79 helped her finish one stroke behind Hancock in a tie for 18th place, while Pry's best round of 76 got her into a tie for 20th at 22 over.
Karli Heimbecker finished her first tournament with USF's top lineup in a tie for 37th at 28 over.
South Florida 315-316-302 - 933 +69
East Tennessee St. 308-316-310 - 934 +70
Georgia State 314-312-318 - 944 +80
Nova S.E. 319-317-310 - 946 +82
Augusta St. 321-322-307 - 950 +86
Samford 316-324-310 - 950 +86
Furman 320-324-311 - 955 +91
Longwood 317-323-318 - 958 +94
James Madison 328-315-329 - 972 +108
Elon 324-329-328 - 981 +117
Appalachian St. 328-334-321 - 983 +119
Winthrop 337-337-322 - 996 +132
High Point 333-334-332 - 999 +135
Montana St. 329-337-334 - 1000 +136
Wofford 326-335-345 - 1006 +142
USF Individual Scores
2. Christina Miller 82-75-70 - 227 +11
17. Anna Hancock 77-82-77 - 236 +20
T18. Amy West 80-78-79 - 237 +21
T20. Kelli Pry 81-81-76 - 238 +22
T37. Karli Heimbecker 77-83-84 - 244 +28