MSU's Brenna Moore Wins NCAA West Regional

Midwestern State's Brenna Moore closed with a flourish to make history Wednesday in the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Calif.

The senior from Burkburnett posted a final round 74 to become the first golfer in program history to claim top regional medalist honors, finishing tied with Academy of Art's Crystal Wang with a three-round total of 220 (+4).

"I am excited and in awe of what happened, but I did have to grind through the last few holes," Moore said. "We were just trying to do well as a team. I didn't want to give up and have it be my last tournament. It is just a blessing and I'm really happy."

With the win, Moore earned one of three individual berths in the NCAA Division II Championships set for May 13-16 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich. -- another first for the women's program.

None of it seemed possible after Moore followed a double bogey on No. 7 with another bogey on No. 8 to go to 4-over, but she would respond by going 2-under over the final 10 holes of the tournament.

"Brenna deserves a national tournament," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We have not missed a regional tournament since she arrived. Replacing her will not be easy."

Moore started the run with a birdie on the Par-4, 273-yard No. 9 before converting three consecutive pars at the Back Nine.

"I always see tournaments in nines and knew I needed to make a run," Moore said. "I have been able to go low here and just see what happens."

A perfect 9-iron blast on the Par-3, 128-yard 13th hole results in a birdie, but she faced another bit of adversity on Hole No. 14.

"She three-putted on fast breaking putt from left-to-right, but then recovered with a great shot on 15," Ray said. "It might have been one of the best shots she took all day and she just went right at it."

Moore took dead aim on the Par-3, 106-yard island green and converted the birdie putt to go 4-over par, but would face more potential trouble on the final two holes of the day.

"I pushed my drive into the trees on the right (on Hole No. 17)," Moore said. "I had a small opening through the tree. I hit a 9-iron pretty solid and it went past the green. It was just a grind all day and I was trying to put the ball in the right places."

She followed with a perfectly struck flop shot which crested the ridge and rolled 12 feet past the hole, then Moore drained the putt to save par and executed a similar up-and-down circumstance on the final hole.

Meanwhile, Wang saw a three-stroke lead with five holes to go dissipate and ultimately disappear when she double-bogeyed after finding water on Hole No. 18.

Colorado State-Pueblo's Hee-Leina Kim claimed the final individual berth winning a one-hole playoff with Dallas Baptist's Sydney Williams as both golfers finished tied for third with Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez-Perea with 5-over totals of 221.

Tarleton State claimed the team title by five strokes over St. Edward's (Texas) finishing with a three-round team total of 893 (+29). Sonoma State (Calif.) claimed the third and final team national berth with a 38-over 902.

"We were disappointed as a team. You have to give Tarleton credit. They were very good the last two days," Ray said. "We beat them several times this year, but we didn't play our best golf. We were disappointed that we didn't play better here as a team."

It was definitely not a disappointing season for the Mustangs, who claimed three team tournament titles on the way to the program's first Lone Star Conference championship.

Midwestern finished tied for seventh with the Academy of Art with a total of 517 (+53) just a single stroke ahead of No. 7-ranked Dallas Baptist (918/+54).

"If you would have told me if we beat Dallas Baptist I would have said we are headed to nationals," Ray said. "I want the girls to look at the entire year not just this week. Winning three tournaments and finishing second two times is a great year."

Sophomore Sierra Campbell, the LSC individual champion, finished tied for 26th with a total of 229 (+13) while freshman Sarah Moore tied for 33rd with a 17-over 233.

Sophomores Hayley Dambold (236/+20) and Kellie Martin (248/+32) placed 40th and 49th, respectively.

Men Finish 17th at West/South Central Regional

Midwestern State finished 17th in a strong field at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional Championship Wednesday afternoon at the Par-72, 6,747-yard Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif.

The Mustangs delivered their best team total of the tournament with a final round 310 to finish with a 73-over 937.

It was MSU's sixth consecutive postseason appearance as the Mustangs, but fell short of qualifying for NCAA Division II Championships set for May 18-22 at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

California State-Monterey Bay claimed the team title by 19 strokes as the Otters recorded rounds of 390, 303 and 294 for a 23-over total of 887.

Also earning national qualification were second-place Sonoma State (Calif.) (906/+42), Chico State (Calif.) (908/+44), Simon Fraser (B.C.) (908/+44) and West Texas A&M (913/+49).

California State-Monterey Bay's Ray Richards holed an eagle putt from 50 feet out on the 18th hole to tie Colorado-Colorado Springs' Patrick Skakel as top individual medalists with a three-round total of 217 (+1).

Skakel along with Dallas Baptist's Josh Aguilar, who finished third with a 3-over 218, claimed national individual qualification.

Senior Derek Oland paced the Mustangs with a 25th-place finish with a 13-over 228 while sophomore Thomas Smith tied for 31st with a 14-over 229.

Freshman Will Mullins tied for 62nd with a 22-over 237, sophomore Jared Baker (243/+28) was 87th and sophomore Luke Thomas (246/+31) tied for 94th.

Track: Mack Named to LSC All-Academic Team

Midwestern State's Cara Mack was named to the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic team as announced Wednesday afternoon.

The senior from Llano was named to her eighth league all-academic squad which includes three times each for indoor and outdoor and twice more in cross country. Mack was tabbed Academic Runner of the Year for cross country in 2012.

Mack is also well decorated across campus earning Midwestern's highest honor as the 2014 Hardin Scholar and is the reigning 2015 MSU College of Science and Mathematics Student of the Year in Mathematics.

The two-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic performer (2010, 2011) competed in four outdoor meets this spring setting personal records in the 1,500-meter run (4:52.43) and 5,000-meter run (18:51.14).

Mack is joined on the all-academic team by Harding's Ewa Zaborowska; West Texas A&M's Bri Leeper, Emma Love and Libby Strickland; Texas A&M-Kingsville's Kathy Trevino and Kaina Martinez; Tarleton State's Sarah Brown; Angelo State's Jordan Gray and Jaylen Rodgers and Eastern New Mexico's Beth Blind.

Zaborowska earned LSC Academic Runner of the Year honors for the second straight season.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade-point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically.

The Academic Player of the Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from a list of academically qualified runners, with the league's sports information directors voting based on both academic and athletic achievement.

The Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships run from May 7-9 at Angelo State's LaGrande Complex.