Above photo provided by the UMHB Athletics Department
BROWNWOOD, Texas- Sydney McConnell led the UMHB women’s golf team’s second day charge at the ASC Tournament, helping the Cru to a second place finish while winning the individual title.
The freshman became the 12th ASC individual champion in UMHB women’s golf history, as she edged UT Dallas’ Lindy Patterson by just one stroke to finish the two-day tournament at the front of the pack. McConnell shot a 77 on Monday followed by a 74 Tuesday, as she birdied on holes one, eight and ten.
As a team, the Cru tallied a score of 645, firing a 321 on Tuesday to move up two spots and finish as the tournament runner-up behind UT Dallas, who won its first ASC title. UTD finished at 626 to beat UMHB by 19 strokes, and for much of the final day, it was the Comets and Cru battling. UC Santa Cruz, a golf-only member of the ASC, sputtered on day two after tallying a 315 on Monday. The Banana Slugs finished third overall with a 337 on day two.
It was a solid effort from the Cru on Tuesday, but the performance on day one held UMHB back from capturing its third consecutive ASC title. UMHB entered the tournament No. 7 in the nation according to the most recent rankings from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), with UTD one spot behind at No. 8. UC Santa Cruz was at No. 9, which made for a very competitive, two-day event at The Hideout Golf Club in Brownwood.
UTD clinched the ASC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III National Championships by winning the tournament, and the Crusaders will now mark their calendars for May 3, when the NCAA is set to announce its at-large bids.