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ASC Claims Trio of Top 12 National Golf Team Finishes, Women's Player of Year
UMHB, McMurry and Texas Lutheran Sports Information staff contributed to this report
May 16, 2005

The American Southwest Conference continued growing its presence in NCAA Division III golf circles, laying claim to three Top 12 national team finishes and the women's divisional player of the year, Mary Hardin-Baylor's Holly Glover, following last week's NCAA Division III Championship tournaments.

UMHB Women's Golf

UMHB display its 2005 golf hardware, including the national runner-up trophy. Photo courtesy UMHB sports.

WOMEN'S GOLF
Mary Hardin-Baylor played to its fourth consecutive national women's runner-up team finish, closing the gap early but not all the way as Methodist College pulled away late in the final round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship at Southern Pines, N.C. UMHB fired a final round 321 and finished in second place with a 1284 (327-315-321-321) team total, 12 strokes behind Methodist (318-313-321-320--1272) who won its eighth straight national title. UMHB had closed to within six shots with five holes remaining before Methodist was able to pull away again on the final holes.

McMurry finished the 2005 national tournament in 10th place, carding a 361 on the final day for a 72-hole total of 1445 strokes (357-365-362-361). The Lady Indians' best round as a team was Tuesday's opening day when they carded a 357. This marked the program's third trip in the last four years to the NCAA tournament, including a sixth-place finish in 2002 (1401) and 10th in 2003 (1440).

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior Holly Glover led the Lady Crusaders with a final-round 76 to finish second individually (79-78-74-76--307) in the national tournament. Glover capped her weekend with selection as the National Golf Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Year. She was also named NGCA All-America First Team, NGCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and NGCA All-Region V. Glover finished the year with a 78.6 stroke average and finished in the top 10 in nine of her 11 tournaments. She claimed three individual championships, including the individual title at the American Southwest Conference Championship.

Two other ASC players joined Glover in the women's top 15 finishers. Amanda Tuskey carded a 79-77-78-79--313 for UMHB and took fifth place individually. Glover and Tuskey were two of just three players to post four rounds in the 70s during the tournament. McMurry senior Brittany Cary, winner of the 2004 individual medalist honor, finished 14th overall with a 330 (82-79-86-83).

MEN'S GOLF
Texas Lutheran junior Josh Werland tied for 10th-place at the 2005 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships and led the Bulldogs to a 12th-place team finish in their first NCAA tournament appearance. Werland closed tournament play with a final round 76 for a four-day total 298 (74-73-75-76), eight shots behind team champion Guilford College teammates Colin Clark and Dave Patterson, who finished regulation in a tie for the Div. III individual title. TLU carded rounds of 319-306-317-308 for a total 1250.

Mary Hardin-Baylor's Dillon Gooch joined Werland among the tournament's top 20 finishers. Playing as an individual, the sophomore put together his best round of the national tournament to finish with a bang, firing an even-par 72 on the final day to finish in a five-way tie for 17th-place (78-80-73-72=303).

Complete NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Golf Championship results are available online at www.golfstat.com and www.ncaasports.com.


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