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.
The 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.
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