OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s golf team just missed its third straight Ohio Valley Conference championship on Wednesday, but finished in the top-2 for the fifth straight year.
The Colonels placed second, 10 shots behind first place Murray State. EKU won the OVC title in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and placed second in 2014.
MSU and Eastern began the final round separated by just three shots. The Racers turned in a round of 290 while the Colonels carded a final round 297. Murray State finished with a 54-hole total of 866 (+2) while EKU had a total of 876 (+12).
The Colonels’ three-round total would have been low enough to win any other previous 54-hole OVC Championship. Last year, EKU set what was then an OVC Championship record of 888. The team improved upon that by 12 shots this year with two freshmen and two sophomores among the five starters.
Eastern’s total of 876 was also the third lowest tournament score in program history.
Eastern Kentucky finished 12 shots in front of third place Jacksonville State (888).
Sophomore newcomer Elsa Moberly finished second individually. She closed the final round with 12 straight pars for a 1-over 73. The Somerset, Kentucky native finished with a 54-hole total of 211 and earned OVC All-Tournament honors.
Senior Sofie Leven also earned all-tournament recognition after finishing fifth. She shot three straight rounds of 73 for a total of 219.
Freshman Samantha Sandland missed making the all-tournament team by one shot. She fired her second consecutive round of 75 on Wednesday and had a 54-hole total of 220.
Sophomore Amanda Lindahl (226) tied for 12th and freshman Hannabeth Owens (244) tied for 32nd.
Austin Peay (920) and Belmont (920) tied for fourth overall. Tennessee Tech (926), Morehead State (933), Eastern Illinois (1001) and Tennessee State (1016) rounded out the field.
The 2017 OVC Championship was contested at Hampton Cove on The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. The course had a par of 72 played to 6,050 yards.
- Eastern Kentucky 286-290-297 – 876 (+12)
- Elsa Moberly 68-70-73 – 211
- Sofie Levin 73-73-73 – 219
T6. Samantha Sandland 70-75-75 – 220
T12. Amanda Lindahl 75-75-76 – 226
T32. Hannabeth Owens 86-81-77 – 244