Price, Johnston win conference honors

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Baylee Price was honored as the MIAA Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Thursday morning.

The junior from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, won her second tournament of the year this past week when she brought home top honors at the UNK Spring Invitational in Axtell, Nebraska.

In a field that featured all the top teams from the Central Region, Price shot rounds of 75 and 70 to finish at 1-over-par 145 and win the event by three strokes. The next closest competitor from the MIAA was senior teammate Charter Lawson, who finished five strokes back. Price’s performance helped the No. 17-ranked RiverHawks win their fourth title of the season.

This is the second time this season and the fourth time in her career that Price has been bestowed the MIAA Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week accolade. There have been seven weekly awards handed out by the MIAA this season, and Northeastern State has won four of them. Price picked up the laurel on Sept. 16, true freshman Ebba Moberg won the honor on Oct. 21 and true freshman Kelsey Lumpkin earned the award on March 9.

Price will help lead the RiverHawks into their toughest test of the season, as they are set to tackle the Mustang Intercollegiate April 1-2 in Goodyear, Arizona. The strong field of 24 features eight of the nation’s top-20 ranked teams and 12 programs ranked inside the top 40.

Johnston earns ninth player of week award

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 30, 2016) – For the ninth time in his storied Oklahoma Christian golf career, Sam Johnston was named Wednesday at the Heartland Conference’s player of the week.

Johnston, a senior from San Diego, was honored for his fourth-place finish in the competitive St. Edward’s Invitational, which ended Tuesday at Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.

On the par-70, 6,519-yard course, Johnston produced rounds of 69, 70 and 70 to finish at 1-under 219 for the event, leading OC to a third-place team finish, the highest of the seven Heartland squads in the 15-team field.

Johnston is the third OC golfer in as many tournaments for the Eagles to capture the Heartland’s weekly honor. Sophomore Zac Schaefer won the award last week after taking top individual honors at the Broncho Invitational at Gaillardia Country Club, while freshman Manuel Hernandez received it earlier this month following the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Johnston won the weekly Heartland honor three times as a freshman, once as a sophomore and four times as a junior, a season in which he was named as the league’s player of the year. Johnston earned NCAA Division II All-America second-team honors in 2013 and 2014 and was an All-South Central Region pick in 2015.

The Eagles will return to action next Monday and Tuesday in the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas.

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