Led by sophomore Shirley Ou the Sandhills Community College women's golf team began the spring campaign with a first place finish at the Sandhills Flyer Spring Intercollegiate.
Ou was the medalist after rounds of 82-83-165 at Mid South Club on Sunday and Talamore Golf Club on Monday. Also for the Lady Flyers, Danielle Mirovich posted 93-82-175 and Alicia Dunlap shot 103-104-207. Playing only on the second day at Talamore, Morgan McRae posted a score of 95.
Sandhills and the other team in the competition, Wake Tech, each had only three players participating on both days. Based on three scores, the Flyers' total of 278-260-538 gave them first place by a wide margin over the Eagles.
Ou averaged 76.6 strokes per round in four fall tournaments and was an honorable mention All-American selection after a 14th place finish at the NJCAA National Championship in Mesa, Arizona last May.
I'm disappointed at myself," she said following Monday's round. "I feel I just didn't practice enough to have a solid performance. I've been doing a lot of indoor training and overall didn't have the feel I do when I've done a lot of outdoor training. I definitely think we learned something that will prepare us for the upcoming tournaments."
The golfers had to deal with some precipitation on Sunday and chilly and muddy conditions on Monday.
According to Flyers' coach Herb Pike, Ou is working on correcting a swing issue. He said that better putting was the main difference in Mirovich's improved score on Monday. And he was pleased in the improvement Dunlap has shown with the driver and in her iron play.
"Shirley is a good player so she will figure it out," the coach said. "I'm happy with what we did, but we'll do better. I appreciate Talamore and Mid South for looking after us like they did. We'll try to do this again next year."
Next on the schedule is the Brown Golf Intercollegiate at Foxfire Golf and Country Club on March 15-16.