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KIAWAH, South Carolina – Emily Nash, the 2017 Mass Golf Girls’ Junior Amateur champion, earned her first collegiate victory for Elon University on Wednesday, finishing as co-champion of the individual tournament title at the Kiawah Island Classic.
Nash, a Lunenburg native, shot a 1-over 73 in the third and final round to finish with a final score over 223 (+7), matching Anna Grace Brock of UNC Greensboro. Nash started with a 76 on Sunday, followed by a 74 on Monday, keeping her at the top of the leaderboard in the 15-player field.
“Overall I was happy with my performance,” Nash said. “Over the winter I made some huge changes to my swing, chipping and putting.
“Although this was an individual tournament, it meant a lot to me to win since it gave me confidence that what I have been working on is starting to pay off.”
Nash (Settlers Crossing GC) made her collegiate debut in September, firing a 73 in the Golfweek Program Challenge. She also placed in the 40s in subsequent fall events. The Kiawah Island Classic was Elon’s first event of the spring season.
In 2018, Nash represented Team Massachusetts at the 2018 Griscom Cup Matches and qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur. She won the 2017 Mass Girls’ Junior Amateur by edging Anne Walsh (The Country Club) in a one-hole playoff.
At Lunenburg High School, she competed on the boys’ varsity team since 8th grade and earned three league All-Star awards and was a two-time league MVP. She won the 2018 MIAA girls individual state title and also took home the New England Junior PGA Championship.
This summer, Nash said she plans on playing in the Ouimet Memorial Tournament and the Mass Women’s Amateur. She’ll also try to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Elon will next compete at the Low Country Intercollegiate from March 14-15 in Hilton Head, S.C.
“I am excited to hopefully travel to future tournaments and help out my team,” Nash said.