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UMHB Second, McMurry Sixth at NCAA Div. III Women's Golf Championships
May 20, 2002

The American Southwest Conference posted its best-ever showing at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor finishing as 2002 national runner-up and McMurry University playing to a sixth-place finish. UMHB senior Rachele Miller closed her collegiate career finishing second among the players, and was one of three ASC players among the Top 15 individual finishers.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Women's Golf TeamThe second-place finish was the best for UMHB in NCAA Championship play and is the highest NCAA national championship placing posted by an ASC member since the conference formed in 1996. The Lady Crusaders finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship after winning the 2000 NAIA National Championship. McMurry played in its first NCAA Championship golf event.

Methodist College (N.C.) shot a combined 1,310 to win the 2002 NCAA Div. III title contested at The Orchards Golf Course in South Hadley, Mass. Methodist, who won its fifth consecutive national championship, finished 31 strokes ahead of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1,341). Amherst College (1,384) was third, DePauw University (1,387) fourth and Rhodes College (1,400) fifth, one stroke ahead of McMurry (1,401).

UMHB's Rachele Miller (Burkburnett, Texas) fired a blistering final round 77 (83-83-76-77) for a 319 total, seven shots behind individual champ Lynn Thompson of Thomas More University (78-80-77-77-312). Miller's finish is her highest ever in a national tournament and the best individual finish for UMHB since Denise Thiele won the NAIA Individual Championship in 2000.

Seniors Tabitha Koon (Austin, Texas) of UMHB Monica Blank (Yoakum, Texas) of McMurry joined Miller in the top 15. Koon placed eighth (82-86-75-85-328) and Blank (90-81-81-84-336) tied for 13th.

2. Mary Hardin Baylor 343 344 322 332 1341
2. Rachele Miller 83 83 76 77 319
8. Tabitha Koon 82 86 75 85 328
31t. Carrie Franciskovic 91 88 86 85 350
33t. Emily Breedlove 91 90 85 85 351
40t. Lauren Clemens 87 87 98 86 358
6. McMurry University 358 359 343 341 1401
13t. Monica Blank 90 81 81 84 336
26t. Brittany Cary 88 94 85 80 347
37. Randi Reed 91 91 88 85 355
45t. Amy Morgan 89 93 89 92 363
58. Jaime Lawrence 112 120 109 108 449


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