UMHB Women's Golf finishes second at 2016 ASC Tournament. (CruAtheltics)
UMHB Women’s Golf finishes second at 2016 ASC Tournament. (CruAtheltics)

CORINTH, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s golf team could not move up on the final day as the Cru finished in second place at the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Tuesday in Corinth. UMHB followed an opening round 306 with a 313 to finish second with a 619 team total. U.T.-Tyler carded a 297-306=603 to claim a 16-stroke victory and its third straight ASC championship. Hardin-Simmons University finished third with a 321-318=639, U.C.-Santa Cruz finished fourth with a 345-338=683, LeTourneau University’s 348-349=697 was good for fifth place and Concordia Texas rounded out the six-team field with a 362-358=720 team total. Teams played the first 27 holes of the tournament on Monday due to weather concerns before closing out the event with the final nine holes on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Davis posted the top individual finish for the Cru women, taking second place with a 74-76=150. Davis was four strokes off the pace set by individual medalist Morgan Loth of U.T.-Tyler at 72-74=146. Emily Ming (73-78) and McKenna Ralston (77-74) both fired 151’s for UMHB to tie for third place individually. Cassidy Rawls and Aubrey Starnes both posted 82-85=167’s for the Cru to tie for 16th place. Davis, Ming and Ralston all earned spots on the ASC All-Conference First Team based on their finishes in the tournament.

The two-day, 36-hole event was played on a par-72, 5,881-yard layout at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas. U.T.-Tyler clinches the American Southwest Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships with the tournament title. The second-place finish is the sixth conference runner-up finish for the Cru women to go with ten ASC titles in 18 total conference tournaments. The ASC Championship Tournament likely closes out the spring schedule for the Cru women. UMHB will have to hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced in early May.