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In the unaffiliated conference championship, Southwestern College women's golf held off a late charge by the University of Texas at Brownsville to earn the automatic bid for the NAIA National Tournament. The two day tournament was held at Lincoln Park golf Course in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The course was set to a length of 6,016 yards and played to a par of 72.
After leading day one by six strokes over UT Brownsville, the score tightened up on day two at Lincoln Park Golf Course. With a team score of 652, the championship was placed on the flat stick of freshman, Alyssa Richardson, who needed to two-putt on the final hole from 25 feet to seal a one shot victory for the Lady Builders.
"The two-putt was relatively simple but the magnitude of the situation made it that much more difficult," commented assistant golf coach Tyler Lytton. "We have been working for two week on getting down in three from 100 yards. To have to get down in three from 98 yards on the 18th hole with the championship on the line was simply a clutch play from a freshman."
After the Richardson two-putt, the winning team score of 654 was secured. The Lady Builders were led by freshman Hannah Mason, whose two day total of 152 was good enough for second overall. Courtney Huppert (154), finished in third place after a second day 81 knocked her back one spot in the individual standings. Alyssa Richardson (175), Chelsea Nemeth (177), and Jacquelyn McCauley (178) all finished inside of the top 20 in route to the team championship.
"I am very proud of the effort put forth by each and every member of the team," commented head coach Brad Sexson. "We have emphasized all semester that every shot means something and winning by one shot certainly proves that. This appearance at the National Championship is big for our program. It will be a great experience for current team members and a great recruiting tool for future team members."
The Lady Builder golf team will now prepare for the NAIA National Tournament which is played at Link Hills golf Course in Greeneville, Tennessee. A four-round tournament consisting of a maximum of 144 golfers with cut after 54 holes. Competition is stroke play. Each team competes with five golfers (minimum of four) and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings. The tournament will begin on May 15th.