Champion Brenna Moore Welcomed Home

It was a week to never forget for Midwestern State senior golfer Brenna Moore.

After a whirlwind of golf, travel, and schoolwork, she made it all worthwhile, earning MSU's first-ever national championship.

"It really hasn't actually set in completely," she said Monday at a gathering at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. "I'll be able to tell my great-grandkids that they can go look up Midwestern State, and see me there, when I'm 80 years old."

One thing that made it even more special is that her family, and several of her teammates, were there to watch it. But that didn't mean it was easy for them to watch.

"I can assure you it's way harder to watch than it is to play," said someone who fits both categories, her younger sister and freshman teammate Sarah Moore.

Another teammate, sophomore Sierra Campbell, said there were times she couldn't bear to look.

"I texted my parents and said, 'I don't know how you guys do this. This is insane,'" Campbell said.

Brenna posted her final score, 297 (+9) for the week early in the day Saturday, and then she had to wait for the other leaders, playing in the team competition, to finish their rounds.

"It was nerve-wracking," Brenna said Monday. "I wasn't sure whether to go watch them or not. I didn't know if that would cause me more anxiety."

She added, "I did hit the refresh button (on the live scoring website) every thirty seconds. But it was just, I had to wait."

Her sister seemed to be the most confident one in the group. "When she finished, I just kept saying, 'She won it,'" Sarah said.

"The (other) girls still had a couple holes left, so really anything can happen, but [Brenna's] score was in. She was set. Once that other girl who was in second parred 17 I was like, 'She won!'"

Brenna was one of the first big-name recruits Jeff Ray brought in after starting the program. Now she leaves a legacy, and an example for her teammates.

"Getting to see her win was just awesome," Campbell said. "I think all three of us just looked at her and were like, 'Man, that's our teammate.' We're so excited for our new recruits coming in, and this has boosted our program so much. No one deserved it more than Brenna Moore."