GLENCOE – Sophomore Melani Sisto led a record-breaking performance by the Jacksonville State women's golf team, who ran away with the Chris Banister Golf Classic on Tuesday at Silver Lakes.
The Gamecocks won their home tournament by 40 shots over Arkansas-Little Rock, blistering their par-72, 5,943-yard home course with a school-record 881. The 54-hole score is 13 strokes better than the previous school record of 894 set in 2010. They led from wire-to-wire and had the top four individuals to win the tournament for the sixth time but the first since 2010 and the second since 2005.
Sisto shattered individual records during the three-day event, winning by 14 shots over teammate and defending champion Maya Parsons. Her 54-hole 209 (-7) is the lowest 54-hole score in school history by five shots and was five shots better than the previous tournament record set by Chattanooga in 2008.
The Rosario, Argentina, native made 20 birdies over the three days and made at least one birdie on 16 of the 18 holes on the course. Her second-round 67 is the second-lowest 18-hole score in school history and broke the tournament record by two shots, while her 36-hole score of 139 tied the school record and broke the tournament record for a two-round total.
It marks the first career win for Sisto, who had a 10th place finish as a freshman last year and just one more top 20 when she claimed 16th in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. She opened the tournament with an even-par 72 before her record-breaking 67 in Monday's second round. Her final round 70 saw her make six birdies.
Parsons's 223 was just four shots off of her tournament winning score from a year ago and made her the runner-up. She posted a 223 after a final-round 72 saw her jump into second. The Whitby, Ontario, native had 10 birdies in the tournament, third-most in the field.
Sophomore Melania Bajo-Geijo and freshman Anne Albrecht tied for third and wrapped up the JSU foursome atop the individual leaderboard. Bajo Geijo (70-76-80-226) led after the first round before Sisto went on a tear with nine birdies in Monday's second round. Albrecht (76-75-75-226) made her JSU debut an impressive one by tying for third.
UALR finished second, 29 shots better than Austin Peay in third, while Belmont and Lipscomb rounded out the top five, respectively.