Lufkin (April 16, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's golf team rallied from a two-stroke deficit on the final day and the Cru women claimed their tenth American Southwest Conference Championship with a 26-shot victory in the ASC Tournament Tuesday in Lufkin. UMHB fired a 341-315=656 team total and stormed from behind to top U.T.-Tyler's 339-343=682 by 26 strokes. Schreiner University took third place with a 343-344=687, Hardin-Simmons University finished fourth with a 359-373=732, Texas Lutheran University was fifth after shooting 367-371=738 and Concordia Texas took sixth place after posting 436-387=823.
Taylor O'Rear made it two consecutive individual titles and became just the second women's golfer in conference history to win two or more individual titles. O'Rear fired an 82-80=162 and edged teammate Sara Eckert's 83-80=163 by one stroke. Eckert also finished second to O'Rear in last year's ASC tournament. Elizabeth Davis took fourth place individually with a 90-75=165 and her 75 was the lowest score of the final round. Kelly Gonyea took sixth place with an 87-80=167 and Victoria Thane finished in a tie for 13th place for the Cru after posting 89-88=177. O'Rear, Eckert and Davis were named to the ASC All-Conference First Team. Gonyea earned a spot on the ASC All-Conference Second Team. Cru head coach Darla Kirby was also named ASC Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
This is the third consecutive ASC crown for the UMHB women and the tenth league title overall. Kirby wins ASC Women's Golf Coach of the Year honors for the tenth time in her career. Gonyea earns All-Conference honors for the third straight year. This is the second All-Conference award for O'Rear and Eckert and Davis takes All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.
With the victory, the Cru also clinches the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships next month. The UMHB women's golf team becomes just the third active conference program to win ten or more league titles. With their tenth conference championship, Cru women's golf joins Hardin-Simmons women's soccer (15 ASC titles) and UMHB football (10 ASC titles) in that exclusive club.
The two-day, 36-hole event was played on a par-72, 5,842-yard layout at Crown Colony Golf Course in Lufkin. The 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championship will be played May 14-17 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Florida.
- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's golf team fired another consistent round, but the Cru could not move up in the team standings on the final day of the American Southwest Conference Tournament Tuesday in Lufkin. The UMHB men finished with a 319-320-324=963 to take fifth place in the ASC Championship. Schreiner University won the conference title and claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships after firing a 312-303-306=921 team total. U.T.-Tyler took second place after posting 318-308-317=943, Louisiana College was third with a 320-317-314=951 and U.T.-Dallas finished fourth, one stroke ahead of UMHB with a 315-321-326=962. Hardin-Simmons University finished in sixth place after carding 319-329-329=977, Texas Lutheran University was seventh at 319-328-338=985, Concordia Texas shot 349-322-337=1008 for eighth place, Mississippi College's 327-346-337=1010 was good for ninth and LeTourneau University rounded out the ten team field with a 344-351-352=1047 team total.
Robby Schimmels posted the low individual finish for the UMHB men. Schimmels shot 73-78-77=228 and finished second individually, seven shots off the pace set by Schreiner's Cheyne Kendall, the individual champion at 74-74-73=221. Schimmels earned a spot on the ASC All-Conference First Team. Justin Judkins shot 79-81-82=242 for the Cru to tie for 17th place. Bryce Myburgh (81-84-83) and Stayton Lindeman (86-80-82) both shot 248's to tie for 27th place and Brady Purdom took 41st place after firing 94-81-85=260 for UMHB.
The two-day, 54-hole event was played on a par-72, 6,692-yard layout at Crown Colony Golf Course in Lufkin. The tournament closed out the playing careers of UMHB seniors Matt Day, Bryce Myburgh and Spencer Turner.