LANDFALL TRADITION NEWS
Start-to-finish: San Jose State leads wire-to-wire to claim Landfall Tradition title
The contenders charged Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Landfall Tradition
Each time, San Jose State answered.
Nothing could stop a determined team from wrapping their fall season with another championship.
The Spartans, No. 9 in the nation entering the week and certain to climb, kept their pursuers at bay, making key par saves and timely birdies on the Country Club of Landfall Dye course to earn a six shot victory over No. 2 Wake Forest.
“I’ve got chills right now,” SJSU coach Dana Dormann said after her team set a tournament scoring record at 22-under, 842.
“It’s amazing. I’m so happy, this team has come together so well. Last year was great, we lost our No. 1 player, she turned pro, we were a little worried, but to top off our fall this way is really, really special.”
It was San Jose State’s seventh victory of 2022 and second this fall, clinched on a bluebird autumn afternoon made for low scoring. The Spartans capped the wire-to-wire victory with an 8-under 280.
The recent run of titles gave Dormann confidence her team could build on the four-shot lead they held entering the final round.
“I know they have it in them, have it in their heart,” Dormann said. “I trust them so much more knowing they are going to do their best. They have all the skills it takes and they have the mental ability as well.”
San Jose State’s strength on the par-4s created the winning edge. The Spartans were 13-under on those holes, 12 shots better than any other team. They also led the field with 57 birdies.
Emilia Migliaccio shot a bogey-free final-round 68 to tie for fourth and keep Wake Forest in the title hunt. The Demon Deacons are on the short list of national championship contenders. They finished first or second in four fall tournaments.
“I don’t know if we had our strongest game,” Wake Forest coach Kim Lewellen said. “San Jose is a phenomenal team. It was really nice to play with them and watch them. They’re going to be one to contend with in the postseason. It’s always nice to compare your team against this field.”
Florida State shot the low round of the tournament (277) Sunday to finish third while two-time defending champion South Carolina, buoyed by Hannah Darling’s closing 66, finished fourth at 12-under.
Carlbom, Heath share individual title
San Jose State’s Louisa Carlbom had one top-10 finish in three years of college golf entering the week. In a field featuring five of the 11 best players in the nation, Carlbom played her best golf, closing with a 3-under 69 to finish 10-under and share the individual title with Charlotte Heath of Florida State.
Carlbom recovered from a poor wedge shot on 15 to get up-and-down for par. She also sank a five-foot par putt on the 18th to earn a piece of the title.
Throughout her career, the Swede has shown the ability to shoot low rounds. Stringing them together was elusive until she arrived at the Dye course and posted 67-70-69.
“This time around it just all fell into place and the ball rolled in the hole,” Carlbom she said. “I was very nervous, shaking coming down the stretch. I knew it would be tight because there were a lot of good players out here. I don’t know how I played through that, but I did.”
Florida State’s Charlotte Heath also earned her first college victory, shooting 68 in the final round to join Carlbom at 10-under. She played poorly in the Landfall Tradition a year ago and was determined to “get a little revenge.”
“I was more aggressive with my iron shots,” Heath said. “The greens were receptive and I was able to hit the ball close.”
Seahawks rebound in final round
Inviting the best teams in the nation to her team’s home course each year gives UNCW coach Cindy Ho an accurate gauge of the program’s progress and reveals areas where they must improve before the conference championship in April.
A final round 292 kept the Seahawks ahead of No. 47 Virginia Tech and No. 51 Penn State in the standings, earning UNCW valuable points in the rankings.
“I’m pleased with our effort today. We were solid,” Ho said. “We were only 10 shots back of No. 11 Duke. We still have a lot to learn but just really positive about the direction we’re heading.”
Mallory Fobes and Victoria Levy paced the Seahawks, tying for 38th at 220. Fobes shot 70 on Sunday.
Michigan’s Hailey Borja aced the 135-yard, par-3 No. 13 on Sunday en route to a 2-under 70. The Wolverines finished eighth at 8-over … Michigan State climbed from 11th to sixth in the final round as three players broke par. The Spartans should improve upon their No. 45 position when the new Golfstat rankings are released Tuesday … The field finished with a tournament-record 73.98 stroke average, including 73.65 - the best of the week in the final round … The par-3 No. 16 held its position as the most difficult hole on the course, playing to a 3.28 stroke average. The par-5 18th was the easiest (4.88).