Lufkin (April 17, 2012) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's golf team made it two straight American Southwest Conference championships by running away from the field in the final round of the ASC Tournament Tuesday in Lufkin. The Cru posted a 340-346=686 team total to beat second-place U.T.-Tyler's 361-356=717 by 31 strokes. Schreiner University took third place with a 352-377=729, Concordia Texas finished fourth with a 364-366=730 and McMurry University rounded out the top five with a 400-398=798. Texas Lutheran University finished in sixth place with a 409-393=802, Hardin-Simmons University claimed seventh with a 441-406=847 and U.T.-Dallas rounded out the field with a 466-466=932.
UMHB freshman Taylor O'Rear won the individual title with an 80-81=161 total. She is the first since Jenna Felchener won the 2007 title and is the sixth Cru individual champion overall. UMHB's Sara Eckert finished in second place with an 85-86=171, Kristen Cain finished in sixth place with a 91-86=177, Kelly Gonyea tied for seventh place with an 84-94=178 and Victoria Thane tied for 17th place with a 95-93=188 total.
O'Rear and Eckert were named to the ASC All-Conference First Team. Cain and Gonyea were Second Team ASC All-Conference selections. UMHB head coach Darla Kirby also took ASC Women's Golf Coach of the Year honors for the ninth time in her career.
The two-day, 36-hole event was played on a par-72, 5,188-yard layout at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. The conference championship is the ninth overall for the Cru women to extend their ASC record for league crowns. UMHB also claims the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships will be played May 8-11 at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's golf team could not sustain the momentum from Monday's strong second round on the final day as the Cru finished in third place at the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Tuesday in Lufkin. The UMHB men finished with a 316-308-326=950 team total to take third place.
U.T.-Tyler ran away from the field to win the ASC title with a 300-295-303=898 total, 46 strokes ahead of second-place LeTourneau University's 312-318-314=944. Schreiner University finished in fourth place with a 318-319-329=966 and U.T.-Dallas rounded out the top five with a 322-310-342=974. Concordia Texas claimed sixth place with a 320-321-334=975, Texas Lutheran University fired a 327-337-322=986 for seventh place, Hardin-Simmons finished eighth with a 340-334-320=994 and Louisiana College was ninth at 330-332-351=1013.
U.T.-Tyler also claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships.
UMHB was led by Stayton Lindeman's 79-77-77=233. Lindeman finished in fifth place individually. Robby Schimmels posted a 77-75-86=238 to tie for tenth place, Michael Haney tied for 15th place after posting a 78-86-78=242, Mike McQuaid carded an 82-78-85=245 to tie for 21st place and Evan Kaye shot 82-78-89=249 to take 31st place. U.T.-Tyler's Jacob Walsh won the individual title with a 71-75-73=219 as the Patriots posted the top three individual finishes.
Lindeman's fifth place finish earned him a spot on the ASC All-Conference First Team. Schimmels was a Second Team All-Conference selection for UMHB.