Dodson Shines To Lead Gardner-Webb To 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate Championship

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MORGANTON, N.C. – Taylor Dodson caught fire early Monday, shooting a second-round 69 to pace Gardner-Webb to the team title at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate women's golf tournament.

Monday's action was delayed briefly due to lightning, but the teams were able to complete their final round before the weather deteriorated further.

Dodson (74-69-143) also took medalist honors, as the lone golfer to finish below par (-1) for the tournament. She carded three birdies on the front nine – including birdies on two of the first three holes of the day. The Aiken, S.C., native also birdied the 479-yard seventh hole to enter the turn with a 33.

She rebounded from a bogey on the 11th hole to birdie the 465-yard 12th and played even par the rest of the way to secure the win. Dodson finished at 4-under par on Par 5 holes for the event, ranked second with seven birdies and had a tournament-best 26 pars.

Gardner-Webb finished two strokes in front of Bethune-Cookman, shooting a team score of 295 for the day. USC Upstate finished third, Elon finished fourth and host Appalachian State finished fifth.

Sarah Bertram (77-72-149) finished in a tie for sixth place after shooting even par on Monday, a five stroke improvement from Sunday's opening round.

Bertram recorded three birdies – including one on the Par 3 13th hole – to get back to even par for the day. She finished six strokes off the lead and two strokes out of fifth place.

Wassawan Sangkapong (Mim) finished tied for 14th (77-75-152), Julia Henderson (76-79-155) finished tied for 22nd and Allison Chandler (79-79-158) finished tied for 36th in the final standings.

Sangkapong led the tournament with seven birdies over two rounds, including four on Monday.

The average score for the tournament – with heavy rains and poor conditions as a result on Monday – was 76.69 for the 134 individual rounds played.

The win was an excellent momentum builder for Gardner-Webb, as the squad will now turn its attention to preparation for the 2017 Big South Conference Women's Golf Championships on April 16-19 in Ninety Six, S.C.