Queens University of Charlotte’s women’s golf team posted its best tournament finish in more than a year by placing second at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational on Oct. 13-14 in Salisbury.
The Royals shot a 39-over-par 615 in the two-day tournament at the Country Club of Salisbury, finishing two shots behind Converse, which carded a 37-over 613.
Host Catawba and West Georgia tied for third at 45-over 621, with Lincoln Memorial finishing fifth in the 15-team tournament at 48-over 624.
The outing was the best finish by Queens since coming in second at the Anderson Invitational on Sept. 9-10, 2013. The Royals since have finished third three times, including at this year’s Anderson Invitational.
Converse also took top individual honors, with Maddisen Cox shooting a 1-under-par 143 for a four-stroke victory against West Georgia’s Stephanie Bennett and Pfeiffer’s Amanda Floberg. Bennett and Floberg both shot 3-over 147.
Junior Taylor Penzer led Queens with a sixth-place individual finish. Penzer shot a 6-over 150, with teammate and fellow junior Grace Glaze tying for seventh with three others – Catawba’s Anthea Gnielinski and Madison Kennedy and Lincoln Memorial’s Danielle Burrell – at 7-over 151.
Royals freshmen Kadi Pallastrone and Kylie Nizolek both shot 13-over 157 to tie for 19th with West Georgia’s Maria Torres and Lincoln Memorial’s Sydney Gallant.
Queens’ final scorer, freshman Caitlin Gilchrist, shot a 25-over 169 to tie for 53rd with North Greenville’s Morgan Reece.
Basketball at N.C. State
Queens’ men’s basketball team will begin its 2014-2015 season with an exhibition against ACC power N.C. State, team officials announced Oct. 6.
The game will be Nov. 8 at PNC Arena in Raleigh in conjunction with the Wolfpack’s homecoming football game against Georgia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium, next to PNC Arena.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
This will be the second time in the past five seasons the Royals have played an ACC team. Queens played Clemson in its second exhibition game to open the 2011-2012 season.
“We are excited about the opportunity to play an exhibition at such a high level,” Royals coach Bart Lundy said in a prepared release. “It is terrific exposure for our institution and our program, and it will help us prepare for the challenges of the season.”
Tennis wins 3 flights
Queens’ men’s and women’s tennis teams came away with three flight titles during the Wingate Fall Invitational tournament Oct. 4-5 in Wingate.
Carlotta Nassi and Caroline Nielsen, both freshman, won the A and B singles flight titles, respectively, for the Royals’ women, while sophomore Zachary Williams took the D singles flight title for Queens’ men.
Sophomores Jaclyn Rock and Claire Hamilton teamed for a runner-up finish in the women’s A doubles flight, and sophomore Will Roberson (Covenant Day) did the same in the men’s C singles flight.
“We have completed a more competitive fall schedule than in past seasons,” Queens coach Brett Karpman said in a prepared release. “I’m pleased we were able to gain a larger number of live matches that will be beneficial in the spring. We have had some great achievements this fall, but more importantly both squads have become very close.”
XC finishes in top 25
Queens’ men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in the top 25 of their divisions during the Greater Louisville Classic meet Oct. 4 in Louisville, Ky.
The Royals finished 20th in the men’s Blue division team standings, while the women were 24th in points.
Senior Megan Wright had the best individual finish among Queens’ runners, finishing 17th in the women’s 5K Blue division race in 18 minutes, 30.59 seconds.
Other scoring finishers for the Royals’ women were junior Catie Byrd (36th, 18:45.17), freshman Sarah Bomkamp (168th, 19:47.86), freshman Carissa Jenkins (180th, 19:54.64), and sophomore Summer McFadden (221st, 20:18.49).
Sophomore Jimmy Hollingsworth led Queens’ men with a 29th-place finish in the 8K Blue division race, completing the event in 25:31.19.
Other scoring finishers for the Royals were freshman Victor Moreau (72nd, 25:55.17), freshman Adrien Barral (112th, 26:16.95), senior Chris Vilela (175th, 26:46.23), and sophomore Alex Guillaume (276th, 28:03.80).