Southland Women’s Golf Championship Tees Off Tuesday

first_imgHouston Baptist and UIW will be playing in their first Southland Conference championship. The Huskies are led by junior Rachel Mulkey, who averages 76.31 strokes per round in 10 tournaments. The Cardinals are paced by freshman Jamie Bibby, who has a 77.92 stroke average in 25 rounds. Ten Southland universities field a women’s golf team: Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, UIW, Lamar, McNeese State, New Orleans, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The conference tournament is slated to tee off Tuesday at 8 a.m. Pairings are based on team seeding, which is calculated using the Golfstat rankings. Players will play 18 holes of golf Tuesday and Wednesday before playing the final round of 18 holes Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring for the 2014 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship will be available at www.southland.org. Oral Roberts tied for second at last year’s championship, and will be seeking a conference title after having its streak of 14 consecutive conference titles snapped last year in its first Southland season. The Golden Eagles are led by Alejandra Acosta and Alheli Moreno, both of whom earned second-team all-conference last season. Acosta, a freshman from Coahuila, Mexico, averages the lowest score on the team with a 77.04 stroke average, including a low-round of 68, in 10 tournaments. Alheli, the conference’s golfer of the month for March, averages 77.75 in 28 rounds. The senior from Aguascaliente, Mexico, has a low score of 72 on the year. Sam Houston, which tied with ORU in last year’s tournament, returns second-team all-conference selection Nicole Budnik. The sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, averages 77.79 strokes in 28 rounds. The Bearkats are led by junior transfer Alisa White. The Hereford, Texas, native has a 76.11 stroke average in 10 tournaments and has helped the Bearkats to one team title this season. Lamar has the highest conference Golfstat ranking entering this season’s tournament. Last season, the Lady Cardinals entered the final day of the championships down four strokes before rallying for a seven-stroke win. Lamar is looking to repeat as conference champion for the first time since the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Lamar returns first-team all-conference member Nghi Ngo. The junior from Hochiminh City, Vietnam, has seven top-15 finishes on the season, including a second-place showing at the Harold Funston Invitation hosted by Sam Houston State last October. Ngo averages 76.17 strokes in 29 rounds on the season and has a low round of 70. Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals is freshman Wenny Chang. A two-time conference golfer of the month, Chang leads the league with a 74.90 stroke average in 29 rounds. Chang, who has a low round of 70, claimed top medalist honors at the Harold Funston for the Lady Cardinals. Lamar has won three tournaments this season in 10 events with wins at the the Oral Roberts Shootout, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic and the Houston Baptist Husky Classic.center_img Brown, a sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, leads the Bears with a 75.29 stroke average in nine tournaments and has a low-round of 68. Brown tied for fifth at last year’s championship with Moreno and Ngo. Martien, who tied for 15th last season, has a 75.89 average in 27 rounds. Johnson, who has a league-low round of 67 this season, tied for second place in last year’s tournament. The junior from Corpus Christi, Texas, has one individual title on the season and averages 77.42 strokes in 24 rounds. Anderson, who was the Ladyjacks’ top finisher in the 2013 championship with a 23rd-place showing, averages 79.52 strokes per round in nine tournaments.  UIW, which is not eligible to earn the Southland’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament during its transition period from Division II to Division I, will be participating in this year’s tournament unattached. If the Cardinals were to win the event, the team finishing in second place will move on to represent the Southland in an NCAA regional. Other notable returning golfers include Central Arkansas’ Sarah Brown, McNeese State’s Sydney Martien, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Vanessa Johnson and Stephen F. Austin’s Aliece Anderson. This year will mark the second time the Southland women’s golf that the championship will be held at a truly neutral site. Lamar has won the most Southland tournament titles with four followed by Sam Houston State with two and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with one. FRISCO, Texas – The 13th annual Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship tees off Tuesday at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas. The 6,258-yard par 72 will be hosting its first Southland tournament.last_img

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