MSU Golf at the NCAA II Super Regionals

File: MSU golfer Sierra Campbell / Source: KAUZ
File: MSU golfer Sierra Campbell / Source: KAUZ

Campbell tied for 23rd after opening round at NCAA II Super Regionals

STOCKTON, CA (KAUZ) - Midwestern State junior Sierra Campbell displayed great consistency carding 15 pars in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four championships played at the par-72, 5,931-yard course at the Brookside Country Club.
 
It was the pesky par-4 which proved difficult as the Rio Rancho, N.M. native produced three bogeyes to stand tied for 23rd with a first-round 75.
 
Campbell begins the second round of the 54-hole championship with a 12:10 p.m. (Central Time) tee time. The tournament concludes Wednesday.
 
The top three teams and top three student-athletes not with a team from each regional advance to the finals from May 18-21 at the Commonground Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
 
Campbell proved solid notching the third most pars amongst the 66-player field and is just three strokes out of sixth place as five golfers fired sub-par rounds on Monday.
 
Tarleton State Isabell Jimenez-Perea, Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter and St. Edward's Ana Sofia Benavides top the leader board notching 3-under 69s while Point Loma's Michelle Picca and Sonoma State's Sarah Rotter produced 1-under 71s.
 
The 75 matches Campbell's best NCAA postseason round as she also carded a 3-over par score in the opening round last year at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Calif. on the way to a 26th-place finish.
 
Tarleton State tops the tightly packed team leader board with a 6-over total of 294. The TexAnns are trailed by Western Washington (295/+7), Sonoma State (297/+9), Dallas Baptist (298/+10), West Texas A&M (298/+10) and St. Mary's (299/+11) who all within five strokes.

NCAA D2 Super Region 4 Championship
Brookside Country Club
Stockton, Calif.
Par-72, 5,931 yards
Team Leaderboard
Place Team Round Scores Total To Par
1 Tarleton State (Texas) 294 294 +6
2 Western Washington 295 295 +7
3 Sonoma State (Calif.) 297 297 +9
4 Dallas Baptist (Texas) 298 298 +10
West Texas A&M 298 298 +10
6 St. Mary's (Texas) 299 299 +11
7 California Baptist 301 301 +13
8 St. Edward's (Texas) 304 304 +16
Academy of Art (Calif.) 304 304 +16
10 Point Loma (Calif.) 309 309 +21
11 Chico State (Calif.) 310 310 +22
12 Oklahoma Christian 312 312 +24
Individual Leaderboard
Place Player, Team Round Scores Total To Par
1 Isabell Jimenez-Perea, Tarleton State 69 69 -3
Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist 69 69 -3
Ana Sofia Benavides, St. Edward's 69 69 -3
4 Michelle Picca, Point Loma 71 71 -1
Sarah Rotter, Sonoma State 71 71 -1
6 Hannah Drake, Western Washington 72 72 E
Sydney Williams, Dallas Baptist 72 72 E
Allison Howarth, St. Mary's 72 72 E
Haley Whitbeck, Sonoma State 72 72 E
Sterling Hawkins, Academy of Art 72 72 E
Midwestern State Scorecard
23t Sierra Campbell 75 75 +3

Dorion leads way but Mustangs struggle on opening day of super regional play

Fourteen different golfers found a way to record a par-or-better score in the opening round of the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional Championship Monday at the par-71, 7,242-yard New Mexico State University Course.
 
But Midwestern State just couldn't find its rhythm falling into the 20th and last rung on the team leader board with a 27-over team total of 311.
 
"It was very disappointing today," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Colton Dorion had a solid day, but other than Dory (him), we were bad. Expectations were high since we had been playing well the last several tournaments."
 
Dorion, a junior from Surrey, British Columbia, battled his way to a 2-over showing on the back nine and appeared to catch his stride marking birdies on the second and fourth holes on the front side to pull back to even-par.
 
But Dorion took on four strokes of bogey to close the day with a team-best 4-over total of 75 to tie for 52nd heading into Tuesday's second round.
 
The Mustangs will need to scramble for any advancement to the NCAA Division II Championships. The top five teams and two individuals not on those squads move on to Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver as part of the NCAA Spring Sports Festival from May 17-21.
 
Junior Jared Baker marked a team-best 12 pars including on each of his last seven holes to tie for 65th with a 5-over 66, while junior Thomas Smith counteracted a pair of birdies with eight bogeys to tie for 74th with a 6-over 77.
 
Freshman Chance Craig (83/+12) and senior Ian Gallagher (84/+13) each carded two bogies but suffered through difficult rounds.
 
"We had a difficult time hitting fairways and struggled on the greens. Missing short putts really takes the momentum away from a player," Ray said. "Not walking away with par when you are in a decent position around the green at this level loses strokes to the field."
 
Oklahoma Christian tops the team leader board with an opening round, 2-over total of 286 to hold a one-stroke lead over BYU-Hawaii.
 
Nine other teams remain within 10 strokes of the lead including St. Mary's (290/+6), St. Edward's (291/+7), Chico State (292/+8), Dallas Baptist (292/+8), Colorado-Colorado Springs (293/+9), California State-East Bay (294/+10), California State-Monterey Bay (296/+12), Regis (296/+12) and Dominican (296/+12).
 
Dallas Baptist's Josh Aguilar holds the individual lead with a 3-under 68 through the first 18 holes and holds a one-stroke advantage over BYU-Hawaii's Inoka Kahawaii and Stanislaus State's Jordan Koelewyn.
 
"Our region is very competitive so when you struggle with any area of your game it is magnified," Ray said. "Tomorrow is a new day. We will work hard to at least be respectable."
 
Midwestern State begins the second round with an 8:30 a.m. tee time Tuesday morning.

NCAA II West/South Central Super Region Championship
             New Mexico State University Golf Course
                        Las Cruces, N.M.
                      Par 71, 7,242 yards
Team Leaderboard
Place Team Round Scores Total To Par
1 Oklahoma Christian 286 286 +2
2 BYU-Hawaii 287 287 +3
3 St. Mary's (Texas) 290 290 +6
4 St. Edward's (Texas) 291 291 +7
5 Chico State (Calif.) 292 292 +8
Dallas Baptist (Texas) 292 292 +8
7 Colorado-Colorado Springs 293 293 +9
8 California State, East Bay 294 294 +10
9 California State, Monterey Bay 296 296 +12
Regis (Colo.) 296 296 +12
Dominican (Calif.) 296 296 +12
12 Cameron (Okla.) 297 297 +13
California Baptist 297 297 +13
14 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 299 299 +15
15 Sonoma State (Calif.) 300 300 +16
16 Dixie State (Utah) 301 301 +17
Colorado Christian 301 301 +17
Western New Mexico 301 301 +17
19 Western Washington 308 308 +24
20 MIDWESTERN STATE 311 311 +27
Individual Leaderboard
Place Player, Team Round Scores Total To Par
1 Josh Aguilar, Dallas Baptist 68 68 -3
2 Inoka Kahawaii, BYU-Hawaii 69 69 -2
Jordan Koelewyn, Stanislaus State*** 69 69 -2
4 Lee Gearhart, Chico State 70 70 -1
J.T. Caldarola, St. Mary's 70 70 -1
Nicolas Herrera, BYU-Hawaii 70 70 -1
Sam Johnston, Oklahoma Christian 70 70 -1
8 Fredrik Jullum, Cal State-Monterey Bay 71 71 E
Alejandro Valenzuela, Oklahoma Christian 71 71 E
Alex Bissaro, St. Mary's 71 71 E
Brandon Lee, Sonoma State 71 71 E
Kavan Eubank, California Baptist 71 71 E
Brent Grant, BYU-Hawaii 71 71 E
Thomas Holtzman, St. Edward's 71 71 E
Midwestern State Scorecard
20 Midwestern State 311 311 +27
52t Colton Dorion 75 75 +4
65t Jared Baker 76 76 +5
74t Thomas Smith 77 77 +6
106 Chance Craig 83 83 +12
107 Ian Gallagher 84 84 +13
*** - competing as individual medalist only.

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