NORMAN, Okla. — Sophomore Kristen Gillman fired a personal-best 7-under par 64 final round on Monday to claim individual medalist honors and lead the Alabama women’s golf team to the team championship at the Schooner Fall Classic at the par-71, 6,046-yard Belmar Golf Club.
Alabama (281-281-269/831) finished at 21-under par as a team after a 15-under round on Monday to outdistance runner-up Clemson (285-286-277/848), which finished 17 shots back at 4-under par. Florida (284-286-279/849) finished third at 3-under par, followed by Texas (290-287-274/851) at 1-under par and Florida State (291-285-277/853) at 1-over par.
Gillman’s individual victory, coupled with junior Lauren Stephenson’s win at the Mason Rudolph Championship a week ago, marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that two different Tide golfers have claimed medalist honors in consecutive tournaments.
The Tide’s final score is the second-lowest in relation to par in the history of the tournament and ranks as the third-lowest 54-hole total and fourth-lowest score in relation to par in school history. Alabama’s final-round 15-under par 269 is the second-lowest single-round score and ties for the third-lowest single round score in relation to par in UA annals.
Gillman (68-68-64/200) finished at a career-low 13-under par for the tournament to capture individual medalist honors for the second time in her career. The Austin, Texas, native equaled the week-old school record for low 54-hole total set by Stephenson at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Gillman’s 13-under par score also equals the third-lowest score vs. par at UA.
Stephenson (69-68-66/203) shot 5-under par on Monday to finish second to Gillman at 10-under par and is now 26-under par through two tournaments this season. Junior Cheyenne Knight (71-73-69/213) shot a 2-under par 69 in the third round to tie for 21st at even par. Senior Lakareber Abe (73-72-70/215) finished at 1-under par on the day and tied for 33rd at 2-over par for the tournament. Freshman Angelica Moresco (75-76-72/223) finished with a final round 1-over par and tied for 55th at 10-over par.
Alabama will return to action Oct. 13-15 at the University of North Carolina’s Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational at Finley Golf Club in Chapel Hill, N.C.