Symonds earns co-medalist honors; No. 30 Tigers win their first-ever SAA Women's Golf Championship

Symonds earns co-medalist honors; No. 30 Tigers win their first-ever SAA Women's Golf Championship

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2017) – Led by co-medalist honoree Meghan Symonds, the No. 30 ranked Sewanee women's golf team won its first-ever Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship, Sunday.

Needing an impressive final round against a strong nationally-ranked field, the Tigers fired a final-round 310. That finish was the lowest round of the day. Sewanee edged defending national champion and rival No. 4 Rhodes, who was eight strokes back.

Overall, Sewanee was one of five nationally-ranked teams in the field.

Individually, No. 49 Symonds joins former Tigers Alison Eleey and Emily Javadi as the only Sewanee student-athletes to win SAA medalist honors. Symonds, along with No. 61 Jill Edgington of Centre, both finished with an eight-over par 227. Symonds fired her lowest round of the tournament, a 72, Sunday.

Behind Symonds, Sophia Morrill was 12th with a 247 total. Morrill finished with a final-round 80. Teammate Sarah Battye was a stroke behind Morrill with a 248. After her third-round 86, Morrill finished tied for 13th.

After rounds of 89 and 85, Mary Elizabeth Benton fired a career-low 78 on Sunday. Benton was 18th overall with a 252 total.

Finally, Natalie Javadi finished tied for 21st after her final-round 80. Javadi finished with a 54-hole score of 255.

With its victory, Sewanee will receive the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In Sewanee's first trip to the NCAA Championships, the Tigers finished seventh in 2016.

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