Led by Arafi, CCU women’s golf wins in record-fashion at 2021 Buccaneer Classic

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Coastal Carolina’s Tiffany Arafi shot a CCU record-low individual 54-hole score of 201, 15-under par, to claim first-place medalist honors and lead the Coastal women’s golf team to the team title with a three-round team score of 839, 25-under par, at the Buccaneer Classic held at the Oak Point Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C.

All five Chanticleers were under par on Tuesday’s final day of play. Three of the five Chanticleers finished in the top-10 of the individual leaderboard.

Arafi, who broke the school-record for individual 36-hole scores of 132, 12-under-par on Monday, with rounds of 64 and 68, shot a 69, 3under-par over the final round on Tuesday to win the individual victory with a combined score 201, 15 under par.

Nicole Abelar, last spring at River Landing Classic in North Carolina, set the previous record for the lowest 54-hole score. She scored 205, which was 11-under par.

The senior was the leader of the tournament field with a 2.67 -5, par-3 scoring score average. He was followed by a 3.92 -1, par-4 scoring mean and he sat at the top of the individual field with an average par-5 score of 4.47, 8 for the event.

She also led the tournament field with 18 birdies, 33 pars, and 54 holes of play.

The Chanticleers, a team, shot rounds of 289-273 and 277 to win the tournament by 12 shots. Their 54-hole team score was 839. This is 25-under-par. The 54-hole team score 839 is the lowest 54-hole score in program history. It surpasses the previous record of 849 +9 at the Evie Odom Invitational earlier in the month.

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Like CCU’s second-round 273, the Chants’ third-round 277, 11-under par, was the lowest team round on the day. CCU’s 277-hole round is the third-lowest 18 hole team score, behind yesterday’s 273 and last year’s River Landing Classic 276, which was 12-under par.

Senior Caitlin EvansBrand finished the tournament with a final round 70. She placed third overall with a 54-hole score 209, 7-under-par, with rounds of 70, 68 and 70.

Evans-Brand was the tournament’s leader with a par-4 average score of 3.79, -5 over three rounds. She finished the event with 15 birdies, and 32 pars. Her 54-hole score, 209, is the second-lowest in her CCU history.

Sara Sarrion, a freshman, shot a low round of 69, 3-under-par on Tuesday. She finished tied for ninth overall with a 54-hole score 215 (1-under-par), rounds of 76, 70 and 69. Chant was the first-year champion with 42 pars, seven birdies and a total of 71 strokes over the two days.

Chant Sophia Carlsen, a fellow Chant, was just one shot behind Sarrion. The junior carded rounds 74, 71 and 71 to tie for 12th overall at 218, even par. Carlsen had three birdies and 13 Pars in the final round, totalling 38 pars and eight birdies for her three rounds.

Jenjira Jinangkul, a redshirt junior, rounded out the Chants’ lineup on Tuesday with a round 69, 3-under par. Jinangkul tied for 31st overall, with a score 224, +8. This was combined with her rounds of78 and 77 on Monday. Jinangkul tied for 3rd on the final 18 holes with five birdies and 11 pars.

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Maika Llarena played as an individual at Tuesday’s two-day event and shot an 80 (+8) on Tuesday. This gave her rounds of 74-84-80 and 80 for a total score of 238, +22 for the 54-hole tournament.

The Chants won ahead of Georgia Southern (a Sun Belt Conference member), who finished second with an 851, 13 under par team score. The top five leadersboard positions were rounded out by Limestone (857), -7, Western Carolina (827), +8) and Houston Baptist (878), +14)

The Chanticleers were the tournament’s top team in par-4 scoring (3.98 -2) and par-5 score (4.84 -12). They also had 56 birdies. Coastal tied Western Carolina with 177 for the most pars played over 54 holes.

The 2021 fall schedule of The Club at Olde Stone Intercollegiate hosted in Louisville will be completed by the Chanticleers on October 25-26 in Bowling Green.

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