ORU Women's Golf Captures 14th Straight Summit Title; Watson Named Coach of the Year
Tiffany Robbins (Fort Mill, SC), led the way for the Golden Eagles placing second overall by carding a +9 (76, 73, 73 = 222) in the individual standings and falling just shy of first place Amy Anderson of North Dakota State (+6, 72, 77, 70 = 219).
In all, four Golden Eagles finished in the top-ten, with Crystal Reeves earning fifth by turning a +16 (78, 77, 74 = 229).
Eve Santillan netted a +18 (81, 76, 74 = 231) and placed seventh, while Alheli Moreno rounded out the list of top-ten ORU finishers, nabbing a tie for eighth with a +20 (81, 82, 70).
Kylie Bollenbach landed in a three-way tie for 15th by carding a +25 (78, 81, 79 = 238).
The Golden Eagles entered Tuesday with a ten stroke lead over Oakland after battling windy weather conditions for the better part of two rounds on Monday.
ORU managed to hit its stride in day two however, extending the lead to 27 strokes by the completion of the final round.
“The wind worked as an equalizer to keep the field close in our opening two rounds,” stated head coach Lance Watson. “I was really proud of how the girls came out today. They played like defending champions, stretched the lead early and really put pressure on the other teams.”
In addition to the team title, Watson was recognized as the Women’s Coach of the Year, while Moreno was named Women’s Newcomer of the Championship.
Robbins and Reeves were added to the Women’s All-Tournament Team.
With the tournament victory, ORU qualifies for the NCAA Regional which will take place on May 5-7. Location and times will be released following the selection call on May 2 at 2:00 p.m.