STOCKTON, CA (KAUZ) - A mis-club and a ball in the water spelled the end of the season for Midwestern State junior Sierra Campbell in the final round of the NCAA Division II Super Region 4 Championship played at the par-72, 5,931-yard Brookside Country Club.
Neither clouded another great season for the Rio Rancho, N.M. native who finished tied for 23rd with a three-round, 9-over total of 225.
"Getting 23rd in this field and not having your A game is pretty impressive," MSU coach Derek Oland said. "We're really proud of the way she fights and grinds no matter where she is on the leader board. Finishing this way in this region is a reason to hold your head high."
Campbell scored rounds of 75, 73 and 77 to post the second lowest individual postseason tournament total in MSU program history.
She just couldn't get enough birdie putts to fall as she recorded red numbers four times in the 36-hole tournament.
"I have never seen someone hit so many good putts that just didn't go in," Oland said. "The course played tough, but she created some great chances."
Campbell's fighting spirit kept her in the running for an individual national throughout the three-round event, but a mis-club resulted in a double bogey on the par-4, 322-yard Hole No. 11 before her ball found the water hazard on the par-5, 495-yard 16th hole.
"She knew she needed to birdie out," Oland said. "The wind picked up just as her club hit the ball and carried it into the water."
Still, Campbell closed strong seeing a birdie putt lip out on par-3 17th hole then finished by draining an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
"It was a fun week," Oland said. "We're definitely proud of her. This just shows how much she fights."
Tarleton State swept the team and top individual awards recording scores of 298, 288 and 294 for a 12-over total of 876. TSU senior Isabell Jimenez-Perea claimed a three-stroke victory carding rounds of 69, 71 and 70 for a 6-under total of 210.
The TexAnns joined at the NCAA Division II Championship from May 18-21 at the Commonground Golf Course in Aurora, Calif. by Dallas Baptist (886/+22) and West Texas A&M (890/+26).
California Baptist's Erica Wang (75-71-70 216/E), Oklahoma Christian's Audrey Meisch (74-77-68 219/+3) and Academy of Arts' Sterling Hawkins (72-74-73 219/+3) claimed individual berths.
Junior Jared Baker matched a career low round of 68 as Midwestern State finished with their lowest round at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional played at the par-71, 7,119-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course.
The Mustangs posted scores of 311, 295 and 204 to finish with a 48-over total of 900 to finish 19th in the 20 team field.
"We showed improvement each day," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Jared had a great second semester with several under par rounds plus winning the Dallas Baptist Classic. He will have an outstanding senior year."
The Holliday High product blitzed the front nine with four birdies and added a fifth before taking his first bogeys of the day on the 12th and 13th holes. He added sixth birdie on the 15th hole to notch his fourth round of 68 of the spring.
Baker finished the spring with an impressive 72.94 stroke average over 16 rounds in six tournaments including six par-or-better rounds with five in the 60s.
Baker eased up to 22nd on the individual leader board with a 4-over total of 217 posting rounds of 76, 73 and 68.
Junior Thomas Smith worked his way to 4-under through 11 holes posting birdies on the fourth, eighth, ninth and 11th holes before taking on five bogies on the last holes for a strong 1-over 72.
The Stoke-on-Trent, England native finished 43rd with a total of 222 (+9) firing rounds of 77, 73 and 72.
Junior Colton Dorion placed 80th with a 15-over total of 228 carding rounds of 75, 74 and 79, while freshman Chance Craig rebounding from an opening round 83 to fire consecutive 75s finishing 98th with a 20-over total of 233.
Senior Ian Gallagher logged scores of 84, 76 and 79 for a 26-over total of 239.
Top-ranked Chico State (Calif.) claimed the super region title posting scores of 292, 281 and 279 for an even-par total of 852.
The Wildcats are the first of five teams to advance to the NCAA Division II Championship set for May 17-21 at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver. They are joined by Oklahoma Christian (858/+6), Dallas Baptist (867/+15), California Baptist (869/+17) and BYU-Hawaii (872/+20).
Oklahoma Christian's Sam Johnston claimed top individual honors with a 7-under total of 206 firing rounds of 70, 70 and 66.
Sonoma State's Brandon Lee (71-70-68 209/-4) and Western New Mexico's Calum Hill (73-70-69 211/-2) advance to nationals as individuals. Hill claimed a one-hole playoff over Colorado-Colorado Springs's Colin Prater and California State-Monterey Bay's Carr Vernon.
Midwestern State finished amongst the Top 10 in six of nine tournaments to advancing to the NCAA postseason for the seventh consecutive season and for the eighth time since bringing back the program in 2007.