Kelli Garrett capped off a successful freshman season with the University of Charleston women’s golf team as she finished second place recently in the first-ever WVIAC Championship Golf Tournament at Davis, W.Va.
Garrett gave UC its first women’s golf medalist in school history by shooting an overall 154 to lock up the second individual slot.
Kenzi Turner was the second team scorer for the University of Charleston with a championship score of 168, while Sarah Adamowski followed just behind at 171.
Allison Strider and Mary Alton rounded out the team scorers for the Golden Eagles at 181 and 183, respectively.
Charleston finished fifth overall and closed the championship tournament only three strokes behind fourth-place West Virginia Wesleyan. Wheeling Jesuit took the conference crown with a team score of 636.
Earlier in the season, Charleston beat Glenville State 327 to 374 to grab the school’s first-ever head-to-head victory. Garrett led UC as she fired a round of 74.
The Golden Eagles played their first ever season of collegiate golf this fall.
UC got a taste of action back in September as the Golden Eagles hit the links for the first time in the Mercyhurst Fall Invitational in Erie, Pa.
Allison Strider led the way for the Golden Eagles with a 41st-place finish as she shot a strong 91 in the second round to build off an opening round of 102.
In men’s college golf, locals Tyler Browning and Zac Gresham rapped up a successful fall season at the WVIAC Conference Championships last week on the Resort at Glade Springs Cobb Course.
Browning, a Bluefield State sophomore and Man High School graduate, helped his team to a third-place finish with a three-day score of 237.
Browning fired rounds of 79, 79, 79 for a total of 238 and a 20th-place finish.
Gresham, a former Chapmanville Regional High School golfer and a Logan High School graduate, fired rounds of 77, 79 and 82 for a three-day total of 238 and a 21st-place finish.
Gresham, playing as his team’s No. 2 seed, led his West Liberty team to sixth-place finish while Browning helped Bluefield to third place.
This year’s conference championship was won by Concord University with a three-day total of 898.
The University of Charleston finished second with a total of 914.
Bluefield finished third at 928 while West liberty finished at 961.
Both Gresham and Browning recorded top 25 finishes in each tournament in which they competed in this fall.
Gresham finished second on his West Liberty team this fall with a scoring average of 77.2 while Browning finished with a 77.4 scoring average in the conference tournaments.