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Murray St. finds lucky charms

Winthrop University's Jutta Degerman tees off in the opening round of the Shamrock Intercollegiate Tournament.
Winthrop University's Jutta Degerman tees off in the opening round of the Shamrock Intercollegiate Tournament.

The Murray State Racers pulled to the head of the pack Sunday to win the Shamrock Intercollegiate Golf Tournament after overcoming an 11-stroke deficit.

Murray State beat Princeton University by one stroke, shooting a three-day total of 935. After the first round on Good Friday, Murray State was in sixth (319) and moved to fourth (310) on Saturday and entered Easter Sunday down by seven strokes. They shot a final round 306 as a team for the win.

Winthrop University finished fourth - just five shots back at 940. Senior Jutta Degerman, last year's individual winner, finished second overall, just two shots back of Princeton's Susannah Aboff. Degerman put together rounds of 71, 79, and 73 for the tournament.

Former Fort Mill High golfer and now Lady Eagle junior Sara Hester, shot a 232, good enough for a tie for fifth place. Hester had rounds of 76, 78, and 76 to tie with Bethany Yates, Murray State's highest finisher.

The par 72, 5,969-yard course was difficult for the women as there was only two rounds under par, one coming from Degerman, her opening round, and the second round for Aboff.

Charleston Southern (939) placed third and Iowa (955) rounded out the top-five. Xavier (975) was sixth, with Siena (987), USC-Upstate (990), South Dakota State (996), and Gardner-Webb (1,014) making up the rest of the top-10 in a 14-team field.

Presbyterian came in 11th at 1,083, while St. Francis (1,084), The Citadel (1,134) and Tennessee State (1,225) finished out the field.

Besides Degerman and Hester, no other Winthrop golfer finished in the top 10. Junior Brittany Dabule finished 24th (80-86-79), sophomore Rachel Smith finished 38th (84-74-93) and freshman Alison Itria finished 42nd (81-81-90).

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