Wins Individual Title, UMHB Second at Womens Golf Championships
Courtesy McMurry, UMHB & Midwest Conference Sports Information
May 17, 2004
GREEN LAKE, Wis. --- McMurry University junior Brittany Cary won the individual title and Mary Hardin-Baylor claimed its third straight runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Womens Golf Championships concluded May 14 at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wis. Hardin-Simmons completed the conferences showing at the championship with a 10th-place team finish.
Cary took medalist honors by two shots over both Katie Taylor of Concordia-Minn. and Charlotte Williams of Methodist College, 314 to 316. Playing in wet conditions, Cary carded an 8-over par 81 during the final round to finish with a 22-over total of 314 strokes on the 5,846-yard, par 73 course. Cary, who competed as an individual in the national championships, posted rounds of 85-77-71-81 over the four-day event with her 71 on day three the lowest round recorded in the event.
Carys victory earned her National Golf Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Year honors along with NGCA All-America First Team citation and NCAA All-Tournament honors. Cary's championship is the first of its kind, team or individual, for the Indians' golf program, and is the second national title garnered by a McMurry student-athlete during the 2003-04 academic year. (Senior Darcell Edwards took first place in the women's long jump at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.)
American Southwest Conference champion Mary Hardin-Baylor fired a final round 334 to post a 1305 total and finish two shots behind Methodist College. The Lady Crusaders went into the 18th hole in the final group with a chance to tie before Methodists Charlotte Williams rolled in a birdie putt from 30-feet to give the Monarchs their seventh straight NCAA Division III National Championship. UMHB carded rounds of 333-325-313-334--1305 to trail Methodist (327-323-314-339--1303).
UMHB was led by Amanda Tuskey, fifth with a 320 (82-82-77-79), and Holly Glover, 10th with a 326 (83-81-78-84). Tuskey and Glover were both named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Emily Breedlove finished in a tie for 14th after carding a 90-79-79-82--330, Carrie Franciskovic took 25th with an 83-85-79-89--336 and Meredith McArthur was 37th at 85-83-85-90--343.
Hardin-Simmons finished 10th in the womens championship with a 356-360-354-383--1453. Kristi Martin was the highest placing Cowgirl, finishing tied for 38th with a 344 (84-81-85-94). Chandra Hayes finished tied at 50th (88-95-83-90--356), Megan Bennett placed 55th (92-88-93-99--372) and Andra Boxberger 58th (93-96-94-101--384).
Cary was joined on the NGCA All-America teams by UMHBs Glover, second team, Franciskovic, third team, and Tuskey, honorable mention. The NGCA All-America Teams are selected based on the Golfstat Top 30 national rankings, head-to-head competition, stroke average, rounds played and tournament wins. The NGCA selects All-America first, second and third teams, each made up of five players, as well as an Honorable Mention team.
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