Midwestern State's Emily Brennan completed a remarkable freshman campaign tied for 34th in the NCAA Division II Championship played at Bay Oaks Country Club.
"It's always kinda sad to have the last round of the year, but Emily did a good job of pushing that last round much later," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "She had a great freshman year and that's something that we can build on. I am really excited about next year."
The Stoke-on-Trent, England native is just second student-athlete in MSU women's golf program history to compete in the final national competition -- and the first underclassman to qualify.
Brenna Moore claimed an individual national championship to close out her senior campaign.
Brennan battled to mark scores of 74, 78, 75 and 80 in the four-round tournament finishing with a 19-over total of 307.
She finishes the campaign with the second lowest season stroke average of 74.89 in program history checking in just behind Moore's average of 74.45 during her title campaign of 2014-15.
Brennan's stroke average is the lowest by any freshman in program history bettering Moore's mark of 76.52 set in 2011-12. Juanita Gomez also threatened the mark this season finishing at 76.68.
The duo joins fellow freshman Katie Reeves and sophomore Lexi Read to form a great returning core for the Mustangs in 2018-19.
"You can build around that group. Any coach would be excited about having a group returning like that," Ray said. "They are all good kids, they are talented and they are hard workers. This is one of the most enjoyable groups I have ever coached."
Brennan ranks as the top freshman in all over NCAA Division II and entered the championship rated 14th overall. She boasts seven Top 10 finishes in 11 tournament this season including a win at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate.
Brennan also finished with a program single season record of 71 birdies.
Indianapolis (Ind.) claimed the national championship in dominating fashion. The Greyhounds recorded the lowest team total in all four rounds marking a 286, 287, 294 and 290 for a 5-over 1,157 to win by 38 strokes over runner-up California Baptist.
Indianapolis junior Katharina Keilich claimed top individual honors carding scores of 71, 71, 72 and 73 for a 1-under total of 287 to win by two strokes over teammate Pilar Echevarria and West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro.
UIndy boasted three in the top four as Kylie Raines placed fourth with a 4-over 292.
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