Ben Dietrich (University of South Carolina) and Olivia Landino (Western Carolina University) both put together stellar performances to help their respective teams to high finishes in March 2014 tournament play. Both players recently graduated from the IJGA and are currently in their freshmen year of college. Making an impact as a freshmen, like Dietrich and Landino have done, is not commonplace in the college ranks, especially at schools like University of South Carolina and Western Carolina University where many talented young players are competing for five traveling spots on the squad.
Dietrich helped the Gamecocks to a second-place finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on March 23-25, 2014. Dietrich shot a tournament total of 2-under-par 214 including an opening round of 4-under-par 68 and a final round of 2-under-par 70. Over the course of the tournament he made 13 birdies leading to an 11th-place finish.
Landino’s performance helped the Catamounts to a team title at the North Florida Invitational on March 10-11, 2014. Landino shot a tournament total of 230 comprised of rounds of 73, 79, and 78 giving her a seventh-place finish. This was her best finish in her freshmen year where she has been in the lineup regularly.
Congratulations to both of our alums and we wish them the best of success in the remainder of the college season, especially in their conference championships and NCAA regionals.