HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (HARDING) - Harding repeated as Great American Conference Women's Golf Champions by completing a wire-to-wire victory on Tuesday at the Hot Springs Country Club.
The Lady Bisons shot the low round of the day, a 22-over 310, to finish 23 shots ahead of Henderson State. Emily Plyler finished as tournament runner-up after carding a 3-over 75. Brittany Marquez shot a 77 to finish in fifth place. Both Plyler and Marquez earned All-Tournament honors.
In addition to their second-place team showing, the Lady Reddies produced the individual medalist after Kendall Earp recorded the lone sub-par round of the Championship. She registered a 1-under 71 to overtake her teammate, Katie Flinn, as the low individual. Earp won by a single shot while Flinn finished in third.
Southwestern Oklahoma State edged out Arkansas Tech by one shot to take third. Both teams shot their lowest rounds of the Championship on Tuesday as the Golden Suns shot a 312 and the Lady Bulldogs shot 318. Arkansas Tech's Rebecka Surtevall, last year's individual medalist, shot a 76 to finish in fourth. SWOSU placed a pair in the top 10 as Ashlynn Hall finished sixth and Ana-Laura Gomez took ninth.
East Central held steady in fifth place followed by Arkansas-Monticello, Southern Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist. For the third straight day, ECU's Ashley Cardwell remained the low Lady Tiger as her three-day total of 234 left her in a tie for seventh. Pamela Quiatchon led the Cotton Blossoms by finishing in a tie for 22nd. Amanda Levin recorded SAU's lone sub-80 round to join Quiatchon in a tie for 22nd. Emily Sinclair paced OBU.
Individuals from Southern Nazarene and Northwestern Oklahoma State competed, but the two teams did not record official finishes. SNU's Jordan Leibold improved by eight shots from Monday in shooting a 75 to move up to 10th place while Northwestern Oklahoma State's Stephanie Martin finished as the low Ranger, tying for 14th.
Teams and individuals from the GAC will learn if they will advance to postseason play on Monday, April 29. The 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Super Regional Three Championship to be held at St. Joseph Country Club from Sunday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 7.