Winthrop women golfers ranked 17th nationally

The Winthrop women's golf team achieved a first Monday with a No. 17 ranking in Golfweek Magazine's national online rankings. Two members of the team are among the top 50 individuals.

The ranking is the highest-ever for any Winthrop team.

Winthrop's women began the season on a high note last week, winning the Draper Valley Intercollegiate in Draper, Va. Three Lady Eagles finished among the top 10 and all have been ranked by Golfweek.

Senior Jutta Degerman is ranked 25th, while junior teammate Sara Hester is 46th. Sophomore Rachel Smith is No. 63.

Winthrop plays in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina, at the Waynesville (N.C.) Country Club, Sept. 28-30.

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