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    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (SUN BELT) - FIU freshman Meghan MacLaren took low round honors in the first round at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Golf Championship and never looked back in winning individual honors and leading her team to being crowned conference champions as the final round concluded Wednesday.

    The three day SBC Championship was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

    MacLaren, who shot the tournament's low round on Tuesday with a four under par 68, was pressured by Middle Tennessee's Olivia Love throughout the final round. Ultimately, The Shoals' signature 17 and 18 holes provided the difference as MacLaren birdied the tough par five 17, while Love made par. McLaren was then able to seal the individual medalist honors with a par on the 18th hole.

    FIU ended the tournament with three players finishing in the top five with Sophie Godley and Tania Tare joining MacLaren. As a team FIU ended up with a total score of 872 after leading from the first round.

    Love paced the runners-up Middle Tennessee in finishing the final round with par 72.

    Kristen Golightly shot three under par 69 to lead South Alabama to a third place finish. The Jaguars saved their best round for the final day in shooting a 288.

    All-Tournament Team
    Abigail Laker - Arkansas State
    Sophie Godley - FIU
    Meghan MacLaren - FIU (Individual Medalist)
    Tania Tare - FIU
    Alison Knowles - Louisiana Monroe
    Olivia Love - Middle Tennessee
    Kristen Golightly - South Alabama

    Team Results
    1. FIU - 298 - 287 - 287 - 872
    2. Middle Tennessee - 300 - 291 - 297 - 888
    3. South Alabama - 308 - 294 - 288 - 890
    4. Troy - 301 - 297 - 304 - 902
    5. Louisiana Monroe - 312 - 299 - 295 - 906
    6. UALR - 306 - 303 - 300 - 909
    7. Georgia State - 303 - 311 - 299 - 913
    8. North Texas - 308 - 311 - 306 - 925
    9. Arkansas State - 316 - 309 - 302 - 927
    10. Western Kentucky - 311 - 316 - 320 - 947
    11. Florida Atlantic - 321 - 318 - 319 - 958

    Individual Leaders (Top 10 and ties)
    1. Meghan MacLaren - FIU - 71 - 68 - 73 - 212
    2. Olivia Love - Middle Tennessee - 72 - 70 - 72 - 214
    3. Kristen Golightly - South Alabama - 74 - 73 - 69 - 216
    4. Sophie Godley - FIU - 78 - 69 - 71 - 218
    5. Tania Tare - FIU - 73 - 77 - 69 - 219
    T6. Alison Knowles - Louisiana Monroe - 73 - 74 - 74 - 221
    T6. Abigail Laker - Arkansas State - 75 - 77 - 69 - 221
    8. Ashleigh Ryals - South Alabama - 78 - 71 - 73 - 222
    T9. Sofia Berglund - UALR - 71 - 73 - 79 - 223
    T9. Avery George - Middle Tennessee - 79 - 69 - 75 - 223
    T9. Ingrid Hagen - South Alabama - 76 - 75 - 72 - 223

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