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The Texas State women’s golf team finished second in the Challenge at Onion Creek and qualified for the NCAA regionals. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO

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The Texas State women’s golf team made a strong run at the Challenge at Onion Creek, finishing second by three strokes despite a co-medalist performance by Bobcat golfer Krista Puisite.

The team performance was good enough to cinch a berth in the NCAA regional for the Bobcat golfers.

Puisite shot a final round 72, to finish the event with a 54-hole total of 210 (even par). Puisite tied the school record by Ashley Kelley in 2003-04 for three tournament titles in a season. Her 54-hole total of 210 is the second lowest in Texas State history. Puisite owns the record of 209 shot at this same event in 2009.

Gonzaga won the team title. Texas State finished ahead of No. 16 Texas Tech, Washington State, Kennesaw State and Iowa, among others.

“This event is bittersweet,” head coach Mike Akers said. “We really wanted to win. We made a run but just fell short. It is very satisfying to wrap up our NCAA bid however. I am very proud this is the second year in a row we will be advancing to the NCAA regionals without having to win conference.”

The Bobcats will next compete at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship on April 22-24 in Mesa, AZ.

“We will work hard to prepare for the WAC in a few weeks,” Akers said. “Putting will be our focus.”

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