HANAHAN, South Carolina – Senior Mathilde Delavallade (Royan, France) had a run for the record books on Tuesday morning in the final round of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club in South Carolina.

Delavallade moved up 20 spots in the standings after his last bogey-free round of 64 (7 under) finishing tied for second in the 96-man pool. Her score of 7 under marks a new personal best and is a new standard for a single round in Penn State women’s golf history, one shot better than senior Sarah Willis’ (Eaton, Ohio) 6-under, 66, in the second round of last year’s Nittany Lion Invitational.

Delavallade opened his round with a birdie on the 12th hole and ended the day with four straight birdies on holes 8-11. His round of 7 under was also one stroke away from the Penn State golf record of 8 under held by a pair of male players, Josh Dawes and Charles Huntzinger. The round of 64 is also tied for fourth lowest in Cougar Classic history.

“I tried to keep the same strategy as yesterday and focus on one shot at a time,” commented Delavallade. “My iron game was solid, but my putt was really good today. I was really happy with how I managed my energy level throughout the tournament, so I was able to continue to be strong until the end.”

As a team, the Nittany Lions were one of four red-numbered teams on Tuesday, posting the third-lowest round of the day and advancing two spots with a 2-under, 282. Penn State finished the tournament at tied for 12th at 10-over, 862.

Second year Drew Nienhaus (St. Louis, Mo.) also climbed over 20 spots in the final round posting a 1-under, 70, to finish the tournament 6-over, 219, and tied for 52nd. Willis and senior Taylor Waller (Canonsburg, Pa.) rounded out the team’s countable scores with identical rounds of 3-over, 74. Willis finished the week tied for 39th with a three-round total of 3-over, 216.

“My swing was good today and I kept sticking my irons close to the hole,” Nienhaus said. “My putt was better today and helped me convert four birdies.”

Ole Miss won the title 16 under a shot ahead of Clemson who gained seven strokes over the Rebels after recording the low round of the day at 7 under. Host College of Charleston was the big performer in the final round, moving up six places and finishing third at 3 under after scoring 4 under in the third round. Florida State finished fourth within 2 while Miami and Michigan State tied for fifth for the week.

“Mat was on fire today and it was fun to watch,” mentioned the head coach. Denise Saint Pierre. “It was great to see Drew in red figure, those are the kind of sparks that can start a fire. Sarah hung there too one day when she struggled to put on and Taylor got up and was coming out of a deep bunker on his last hole to save shots for our team score.”

Penn State returns home this weekend for the 46th anniversary of the Nittany Lion Invitational which returns to the Penn State Blue Course after a year-long stint at the White Course in 2021. The action begins Saturday morning with a shotgun at 8:30 a.m. .

The full Cougar Classic score can be viewed HERE!


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