HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Elin Wahlin shot a two-over 74 in the final round of the 2016 Great American Conference Championships, allowing her to earn a share of first place as she led her team to a third-place finish at the tournament.
After 54 holes, Wahlin was tied with Pia Nunbhakdi of Arkansas Tech, who won the individual medalist honors on the first playoff hole. Wahlin still becomes SWOSUâ€™s top finisher in the five-year history of the GAC Championships after totaling 227 strokes to finish 11-over for the tournament.
One shot off the lead was SWOSUâ€™s Gloria Choi, who fired a 76 in the final round and totaled 228 (+12) after shooting all three of her rounds in the 70â€™s. Emily Folsom was the third finisher for the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday with a 79 and her 240 total was also third on the team and tied for 17th at the tournament. Chloe Thackeray fired an 80 on Tuesday and Jenna Eidem rounded out the team with an 82 and the duo finished 21st and tied for 29th, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs now turn their attention to the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship, which will grant them a return trip to Awarii Dunes in Axtel, Nebraska, on May 2-4. SWOSU got a preview of the course back in March with the UNK Womenâ€™s Invitational.
SWOSU men take fourth in conference championship
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Bulldog Menâ€™s Golf team shot their best round of the 2016 Great American Conference Championships on Tuesday, allowing SWOSU to claim fourth place at the event behind individual all-tournament honoree Stefan Idstam.
Idstam shot an even-par 72 in the final round after two rounds under par and his stroke total of 213 (-3) was good enough for a fourth-place finish. Jake Duvall and Nicolas Cornu both shot rounds under par on Tuesday while Marques Gomez was also at even par with a 72 to help SWOSU post a team-total of 285, a 12-stroke improvement from the scores from the first two rounds.
Duvall finished tied for 17th at the tournament with a 221 stroke total, four shots and three places ahead of Gomez, who tied for 20th with 225 strokes. Cornu continued his day-by-day improvement, firing a 70 (-2) in the final round, two shots better than his round on Monday. Joby Gray was the final golfer for SWOSU, carding a 78 on Tuesday to match his first-round score and allowing him to tie for 48th place.
SWOSU has a quick turnaround before heading to Allendale, Michigan, for the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Super Regional, which will be played on May 2-4.