JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – Mercer freshman Katy Harris fired a 2-under 70 in Sunday's final round of the Eat a Peach Collegiate to capture individual medalist honors in the first collegiate event of her career. As a team, the Bears captured the tournament's top five spots en route to their third Eat a Peach title in the last four years.
Harris, who competed as an individual, shot 70 on the heels of back-to-back 72's to overtake senior teammate Lacey Fears for the tournament title. Both Harris and Fears came into the day with even-par scores of 144 in the first two rounds. Fears posted a 74 in Sunday's final round to finish second, marking her fourth-straight top-two finish in the event.
As a team, Mercer shot 303 on Sunday, 302 on Saturday and 293 on Friday. The three-day total of 898 outpaced Seminole State (935) by 37 strokes, while Florida Gulf Coast was third at 937 and USC Upstate was fourth at 956.
The Bears' victory was the second consecutive for the team after winning last year's event with a team score of 891. Head coach Gary Guyer has now led the team to nine tournament titles in the last six years.
Freshman Macy McRaney also competed as an individual and shot 72 to complete the event at 223 (+7) and finish third. Her classmate Haley Austin registered a 75 on Sunday and finished fifth at 225.
Senior Mary Alice Murphy completed a fifth-place showing with a 76 on Sunday, while junior Sarah Louie Brown carded a 78 and tied for sixth place with a tournament total of 228. Sophomore Meredith Owen shot 80 in all three rounds and placed 17th while freshman Marin Hanna booked scores of 80, 80 and 82 to place 19th.
Mercer resumes its fall schedule at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, North Carolina on September 16.