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ASU finishes 9th in Sun Belt Women's Golf Championship, Laker makes All-Tournament Team

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (SunBeltSports.org) – FIU freshman Meghan MacLaren took low round honors in the first round at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Golf Championship and never looked back in winning individual honors and leading her team to being crowned conference champions as the final round concluded Wednesday.

The three day SBC Championship was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

MacLaren, who shot the tournament's low round on Tuesday with a four under par 68, was pressured by Middle Tennessee's Olivia Love throughout the final round.   Ultimately, The Shoals' signature 17 and 18 holes provided the difference as MacLaren birdied the tough par five 17, while Love made par.  McLaren was then able to seal the individual medalist honors with a par on the 18th hole.

FIU ended the tournament with three players finishing in the top five with Sophie Godley and Tania Tare joining MacLaren.  As a team FIU ended up with a total score of 872 after leading from the first round. 

Love paced the runners-up Middle Tennessee in finishing the final round with par 72. 

Kristen Golightly shot three under par 69 to lead South Alabama to a third place finish.  The Jaguars saved their best round for the final day in shooting a 288.

All-Tournament Team

Abigail Laker - Arkansas State

Sophie Godley - FIU

Meghan MacLaren - FIU (Individual Medalist)

Tania Tare - FIU

Alison Knowles - Louisiana Monroe

Olivia Love - Middle Tennessee

Kristen Golightly - South Alabama

Team Results

1. FIU - 298 - 287 - 287 - 872

2. Middle Tennessee - 300 - 291 - 297 - 888

3. South Alabama - 308 - 294 - 288 - 890

4. Troy - 301 - 297 - 304 - 902

5. Louisiana Monroe - 312 - 299 - 295 - 906

6. UALR - 306 - 303 - 300 - 909

7. Georgia State - 303 - 311 - 299 - 913

8. North Texas - 308 - 311 - 306 - 925

9. Arkansas State - 316 - 309 - 302 - 927

10. Western Kentucky - 311 - 316 - 320 - 947

11. Florida Atlantic - 321 - 318 - 319 - 958

Individual Leaders (Top 10 and ties)

1. Meghan MacLaren - FIU - 71 - 68 - 73 - 212

2. Olivia Love - Middle Tennessee - 72 - 70 - 72 - 214

3. Kristen Golightly - South Alabama - 74 - 73 - 69 - 216

4. Sophie Godley - FIU - 78 - 69 - 71 - 218

5. Tania Tare - FIU - 73 - 77 - 69 - 219

T6. Alison Knowles - Louisiana Monroe - 73 - 74 - 74 – 221

T6. Abigail Laker - Arkansas State - 75 - 77 - 69 - 221

8. Ashleigh Ryals - South Alabama - 78 - 71 - 73 - 222

T9. Sofia Berglund - UALR - 71 - 73 - 79 - 223

T9. Avery George - Middle Tennessee - 79 - 69 - 75 - 223

T9. Ingrid Hagen - South Alabama - 76 - 75 - 72 - 223

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