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USC heads to match play with solid performance

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South Carolina golf gmelendez@thestate.com

Another strong round led to another day at the NCAA Championships for the South Carolina women.

The Gamecocks remained in seventh place after the fourth round Monday, advancing to the match play portion of the event. USC will play Stanford in the first round of match play.

USC shot a 2-over par 290 for the second straight day. Katelyn Dambaugh finished in a tie for 11th place after a 2-over 74 in the fourth round. She was 1 under for the four rounds, but not the only Gamecock in the top 20. Ainhoa Olarra jumped eight spots into a tie for 16th place with a 1-under par 71 in the final round for a total of even-par 288. One shot back was Sarah Schmelzel, who finished in a tie for 20th place.

Furman’s Taylor Totland competed in the final round of stroke play and finished in a tie for 20th place. Totland shot even-par 72, aided by four birdies on the back nine, and was 1-over 289 for the tournament. Duke’s Virginia Elena Carta won the individual title, shooting a four-day total of 16-under par 272 to win by eight shots.