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April 24th, 2008
‘Cats advance to NCAA women’s golf regional

BEAUMONT – Texas State’s women’s golf team is moving on to the NCAA Regional Tournament after winning the Southland Conference meet this week with a five-stroke rally over the final nine holes.
The Bobcats shot just five-over-par on Wednesday’s final back nine, ending the three-day tournament with a team score of 907 on the par 71, 6069-yard course at the Beaumont Country Club.

Texas State won its second Southland team title since the league began sponsoring women’s golf in 2002. The first Texas State title was, indeed, in 2002, and it happened at the same Beaumont Country Club.

Unfortunately, the NCAA regional meet will not take place at the Beaumont Country Club. The meet is scheduled for May 8-10 at the University of Texas golf club in Austin.

Opening the final day with a four-stroke lead after posting team scores of 300 in each of the first two rounds at the tournament, Texas State watched the lead disappear, and then some, as Lamar rallied to a five-stroke lead on its home course through Wednesday’s first nine holes.

But the Bobcats returned that rally, shooting a five-over 149 on the final nine, including six birdies. The Bobcats won the team title by three strokes over Lamar and Sam Houston State after posting a team score of 307 on the final day. Lamar and Sam Houston State tied for second place at 910. Texas-San Antonio finished in fourth place with a team score of 931 and Central Arkansas rounded out the top five scores with a team score of 932.

Texas State’s Lynn Gustafsson took individual medalist honors, leading the tournament wire-to-wire for a league record seven-over 220. Gustafsson shot a 6-over 77 in the final round, but her overall score was still good enough to hold off Nicole Forshner of Central Arkansas and Jennifer Heinz of Sam Houston State, who tied for second place with a 225 total.

Lacy McKinley of McNeese State  and Hillary Ziegler of Lamar tied for fourth place with a 13-over-par total of 226, while Texas State’s Sehee Kim tied Laura Baker of UTSA and Landa Stewart of Sam Houston State for sixth place with a three-day total score of 227.

Ani Carrillo of Sam Houston State and Ashley Watkins of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounded out the top 10 players as they tied for ninth place with a score of 228.

Texas State’s Caitlin Bliss and Christine Brijalba tied Theresa Nilsson of Lamar for 16th place in the individual standings with three-day totals of 233. Bliss had Texas State’s best score in the third round, shooting a 3-over-par 74 to move up 13 spots in the standings. She opened the tournament with an 80 and 79 in the first two rounds, respectively.

Brijalba also climbed up five spots in the individual standings with a 6-over 77 in the final round after shooting 78 in each of the first two rounds.

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