No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor rallies to claim American Southwest Championship
LUFKIN, Texas -- No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor rallied from a two-stroke deficit on Tuesday to claim its 10th American Southwest Conference Championship with a 26-shot victory. UMHB fired a 341-315-656 team total and stormed back to top No. 13 Texas-Tyler's 339-343-682 by 26 strokes.
Schreiner took third place with a 343-344-687, Hardin-Simmons finished fourth with a 359-373-732, Texas Lutheran was fifth after shooting 367-371-738 and Concordia (Texas) took sixth place after posting 436-387-823.
Taylor O'Rear earned a consecutive individual title and became just the second women's golfer in conference history to win two or more. O'Rear fired an 82-80-162 and edged teammate Sara Eckert's 83-80-163 by one stroke. Eckert also finished second to O'Rear in last year's ASC tournament. Elizabeth Davis took fourth-place individually with a 90-75-165 and her 75 was the lowest score of the final round. Kelly Gonyea took sixth place with an 87-80-167 and Victoria Thane finished in a tie for 13th place for the Cru after posting 89-88-177.
This is the third consecutive ASC crown for the UMHB women and the 10th league title overall.
With the victory, the Cru also clinched the league's automatic bid to the national championships next month. UMHB becomes just the third active conference program to win 10 or more league titles.