PINEHURST, N.C. – Even though everyone is on break from classes, Flagler College senior Nicole Keyser found a way to keep working on her golf game as she finished in fourth place at the seventh annual Carolinas Young Amateur which concluded yesterday (Dec. 30) at the Pinewild Country Club’s Magnolia Course (par 72; 5,532 yards).
Keyser carded a 5-over par 149 in the 36-hole tournament and finished in a tie with Emiley Pagrabs who plays golf at Wofford College, a NCAA Division I school in Spartanburg, S.C.
Both finished five shots behind Emily Brooks and Kelli Murphy who both shot an even par 144. Murphy, a member of the Auburn University women’s golf team, won on the third playoff hole over Brooks, a member of the Elon University team.
Keyser, like the other 20 golfers in the field, had to contend with cold and wet weather over the two days. She shot a 1-over 73 in the first round and shot a 76 in the final round.
This fall Keyser played in six rounds for the Saints. She is shooting at a 79.33 strokes per round average. Keyser’s low round of the fall, a 1-over 73, came in the first round of the Flagler Fall Slam (Oct. 27).
Flagler, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Golfstat at the conclusion of the fall season, opens its spring season on Feb. 8 with the second annual World Golf Invitational. The two-day tournament will be played at the Slammer & Squire Course with some of the top teams in the nation participating.