WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State battled to a seventh-place showing firing a 312 in the final round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championship Wednesday afternoon at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
For the third consecutive day, the Mustangs had a different player deliver the team's low round as freshman Lexi Read fired a final round 4-over 76 as MSU improved two spots on the team leader board.
Hayley Dambold and Sierra Campbell fired matching 77s in their final round of competition for Midwestern State, while sophomore May Chimsuti notched the final team countable score with an 82.
Overall, the Mustangs logged a 54-hole total of 938 (+74) to close a stroke better than eighth-place California State, Monterey Bay.
West Texas A&M (897/+33) claimed the Super Region Four title by two strokes over Dallas Baptist (899/+35). The two teams advance along with third-place St. Mary's (Texas), which fired a tournament low 292 on the final day, to the NCAA Division II Championships from May 22-26 at the Findlay (Ohio) Country Club.
Regina Gonzalez of St. Mary's claimed top medalist honors carding scores of 76, 72 and 74 for a 6-over total of 222 to win by a single stroke over Tarleton State's Casey Wild and Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter.
Wild (223/=7) earned an individual nationals berth and will be joined by Cal State-Monterey Bay's Linnea Karlsson (224/+8) and Oklahoma Christian's Abigail Rigsby (226/+10) in two weeks in Findlay.
Rigsby survived a one-hole playoff with Regis' Mary Weinstein advancing with a par on the par-4, 356-yard 18th hole.
Dambold was within a stroke of entering the playoff for a national berth heading into the final three holes after notching consecutive birdies on the third and fourth holes, but the Highland Village dropped into a tie for 22nd with a double bogey on the seventh hole.
Dambold closed tournament play with a 13-over total of 229, while Campbell tied for 37th at 19-over.
Read improved 13 places in the final round to go to 39th with a 21-over total of 237, while sophomore Sarah Moore (242/+26) and Chimsuti (248/+32) placed 53nd and 62nd, respectively.
It wasn't the ending Midwestern State was hoping for in the final round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championship at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, California.
The Mustangs dropped from a second into a tie for eighth after shooting the second highest score of the final round with a 10-over 298 to dash hopes for advancement to the NCAA Division II Championship.
Instead, five members of the West Region including tournament winning California Baptist (834/-30), Stanislaus State (845/-19), California State-East Bay (847/-17), Western Washington (847/-17) and California State-Monterey Bay (848/-16) advance to play at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. from May 22-26.
The Mustangs' incredible run through the first two rounds matched the program's best total through 36 holes with a 16-under 560 including tallies of 277 and 283.
During the stretch, each of Midwestern's eight countable scores were par-or-better. An even-par round on Wednesday would have resulted in a tie for the fifth and final nationals berth.
It wasn't meant to be as MSU counted a 1-over 73 to go along with a trio of 3-over 75s to plummet six spots down the team leaderboard.
Junior Trip Hobson notched the low score of the day with a 73 which followed scores of 69 and 72 to tie for 31st with a 2-under total of 214 which matched sophomore Clayton Meyers, who fired rounds of 70, 69 and 75.
Seniors Thomas Smith (69-70-77) and Jared Baker (69-72-75) tied for 42nd with an even-par total of 216, while fellow senior Colton Dorion (79-81-75) placed 108th with a 19-over total of 235.
Still, it was just the fourth time in program history the Mustangs went below par through 54 holes finishing at 6-under which is the lowest since going 8-under earlier this season at the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions Classic.
Midwestern State and Colorado-Colorado Springs tied for the best showing of teams from the South Central Region, which will not have a single representative at nationals.
BYU-Hawaii's Nicolas Herrera and Chico State's Kelley Sullivan were the top two individual finishers not on an advancing team finishing in a tie for second with matching totals of 12-under 204 which was three strokes behind medalist Trevor Lampson of California Baptist.