MSU Golf: Men, Women Finish 2nd at LSC Championship

Women Fight Back, Set Records in Near-Comeback

AMARILLO, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State displayed a championship mettle saving its best for the final round of the Lone Star Conference Championship Tuesday at the par-71, 5,862-yard LaPoloma Course at the Tascosa Golf Course.

Juniors Sierra Campbell, Hayley Dambold and Kellie Martin all set or matched career low rounds as the Mustangs carded a program-best round of 288 (+4) to take second.

"I told the girls to go out and have fun because we had nothing to lose," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We finished on a great note but to get so close to a conference championship you would have liked to have won."

The 288 bettered the previous mark of 289 set in the third round of the 2011 LSC Championship. It's the second best round to par just one stroke behind a 3-over 291 fired at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate during the 2012-13 season.

The Mustangs put a scare in sixth-ranked Tarleton State holding a brief lead down the stretch, but the TexAnns fired rounds of 298 and 294 for a two-round total of 592 (+24) to stave off MSU by two strokes.

It was Tarleton's ninth overall league title and the eighth in the last nine years.

"Today showed the girls what we are capable of doing all of the time," Ray said. "This is a team that has no seniors. We look forward to getting ready for next year."

Campbell went 4-under on her last four holes including an eagle on the par-5, 412-yard 15th hole before holing birdies on Holes 17 and 18 to finish with a 1-under 70.

It was the Rio Rancho, N.M. native's fifth par-or-better of the season as the defending LSC individual champion tied for fifth with a two-round, 5-over total of 147 just three strokes back of individual medalist Whitlee Woods of West Texas A&M. Woods carded scores of 71 and 73 for a 2-over total of 144 on her home course.

Dambold worked for six final round birdies going into the red on three of her last five holes for her first collegiate par-or-better round. The Highland Village product recorded matching round scores with Campbell at 77 and 70 tying her for fifth.

Campbell and Dambold joined Woods and Glory Jangthongsiri of West Texas A&M and Tarleton State's Casey Wild and Beatriz Prados on the LSC All-Tournament Team.

Martin also finished with a flourish with birdies on two of her three final holes to match her collegiate low round of 73 set earlier this season at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate. The Burleson native fired a 77 in the opening round to tie for eighth with a two-round total of 150.

Freshman May Chimsuti contributed consecutive countable scores of 75 to also tie for eighth place, while sophomore Sarah Moore marked scores of 83 and 80 to tie for 26th.

"The girls were great today and wanted to win the conference," Ray said. "This was a tough situation with the rain, but the course was in great shape. They did a great job of getting it ready for play."

Midwestern State awaits selection into the NCAA Division II postseason field. The top 12 teams and six individual not on advancing teams qualify for the West Super Region Championship set for the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif. from May 2-4.

The championship is set for release via on Monday, April 25.

The Mustangs were ranked 14th in the latest regional rankings.

Men Fall to Cameron in Match-Play Final

Cameron flexed its depth in taking a 3-1-1 match play win over Midwestern State to claim a second straight Lone Star Conference championship Tuesday at the par-71, 6,805-yard La Poloma Course at the Tascosa Golf Club.

"Cameron's got a great golf team," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "They are solid one through five and we had a solid first four."

The Aggies, who won in a tiebreaker over MSU last season, claimed decisive wins as LSC Player of the Year Daniel Nielsen (-1/70) took a 10-stroke win over Midwestern State senior Ian Gallagher and Dario Gabriel (+4/75) won by six strokes over MSU junior Luke Thomas in a battle of No. 4 bags.

Gallagher, who qualified in the No. 5 position for the Mustangs, fired an opening round 73 (+2) and challenged Nielsen through the first 12 holes in the final round.

"Ian played the region's top golfer well for most of the day," Ray said.

MSU junior Colton Dorion fell behind Cameron's Weston Ward by five strokes with three holes to play before making up three swings by notching a birdie on the 14th hole as Ward double bogeyed.

Dorion followed with a par to cash in on Ward's bogey on the 15th hole but both golfers finished with a par to give Cameron a one-stroke win.

MSU junior Thomas Smith gave the Mustangs their lone victory of the day by looping a 1-under 70 to beat Cameron's Zander Winston by six strokes.

The match of the day resulted in a draw as MSU junior Jared Baker and Cameron's Cullen Stahl went toe-to-toe to match the best score of the tournament with matching 2-under 69s.

Stahl and Nielsen shared individual medalist honors with two-round, even-par totals of 142 to edge Baker (73, 69) by a single stroke.

"The guys played a solid tournament and will have to rebound in preparation for regionals," Ray said.

The Mustangs await selection into its seventh consecutive NCAA Division II postseason. Tournament selections are set for Monday, April 26 via

Ten teams and the top four individuals not on advancing teams from the South Central Region will compete with 10 programs from the West Region at the New Mexico State Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. from May 2-4.

Tournament champions from the Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic conferences received automatic bids into super region play, while Lone Star Conference members which include MSU, Cameron, Texas A&M-Commerce and West Texas A&M must qualify for an at-large bid.

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