UMHB Women’s Golf shoots record low round for 2nd place finish at UHV Fall Classic

McKenzie Ralston fired the three lowest rounds in program history. (UMHB courtesy photo.)
McKenzie Ralston fired the three lowest rounds in program history. (UMHB courtesy photo.)

VICTORIA – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s golf team fired a school-record low round and moved up to a second place finish on the final day of the Houston-Victoria Fall Classic Tuesday in Victoria.

The Cru shot a final-round 287, beating the previous low round in school history by 12 shots. The previous low round was a 299, shot by the UMHB women at the Alamo City Classic last fall. UMHB finished with a 302-308-287=897 team total and took second place, 28 shots behind tournament host Houston-Victoria’s 294-289-286=869. Texas A&M-Kingsville finished in third place with a 292-309-304=905, Texas A&M-International was fourth with a 308-318-307=933 and U.T.-Brownsville fired a 317-321-328=966 for fifth place. The Cru women were the only non-scholarship program competing in the tournament.

A day after setting a new school record for low round and then tying that mark in the second round, McKenzie Ralston posted a new school-record low round with a final round 68 on Tuesday. Ralston shot 69-69-68=206 to finish second individually. Her 54-hole total of 206 is another UMHB record, topping the mark of 225 set by Taylor O’Rear at the Golfweek Division III Fall Preview in 2012. Ashley Garbade fired a 75-78-73=226 for the Cru to finish in seventh place, Kaley Jackson shot 79-81-72=232 for 13th place, Deana Gonyea tied for 20th after posting 79-80-81=240 and Emily Ming carded an 82-93-74=249 to finish 23rd. Houston-Victoria’s Heather Shake won the individual title, edging Ralston by four shot after shooting 69-66-67=202.

The two-day, 54-hole event was played on a par-72, 5,856-yard layout at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria. The UMHB women will return to action with the 2014 Alamo City Classic. That tournament will be played October 20th and 21st at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio.

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