MANSFIELD, Texas -- Tarleton State saved its best round for last, carding an eight-over par (296) in Wednesday's final round to finish 55-over (310-313-296=919) and capture the program's seventh NCAA Division II Women's Golf Super Region Four championship at the par-72, 6,044-yard Walnut Creek Country Club.
The TexAnns entered Wednesday's final round trailing by six strokes to No. 1-seeded St. Edward's, 623 to 617, but managed to shave 17 strokes off Tuesday's round of +25 (313) and defeat the Hilltoppers by 17 strokes in the event.Tarleton's Isabel Jimenez-Perea carded a final-round -1 (71) en route to becoming the fourth TexAnn player to earn medalist honors at the regional tournament, as the sophomore finished tied for first place with Cal State-East Bay's Linda Brown with a 54-hole score of +8 (224).
Jimenez-Perea bogeyed the first hole of the day, but then went on to play two-under for the rest of the day, as she birdied holes No. 5 and No. 15 on the way to recording the fourth lowest score for a TexAnn in school history at a regional tournament event.
Jimenez-Perea's win marks the sixth individual championship overall for the TexAnn Golf program, as she joins Shraddhanjali Singh (2007, 2008), Carla Cooper (2009, 2011) and Katy Ward (2012) as the only other players to win the individual title.
TexAnn golfers combined to tally eight birdies on the day, along with Maraea Durie's par-5 eagle at hole No. 4, to record the third lowest 18-hole total for a TexAnn team at the regional tournament. Tarleton's three-day score of 919 is the third lowest team total at a regional tournament as well.
Beatriz Prados carded an even-par round of 72 on Wednesday, shaving six strokes off Tuesday's round, and finished in a tie for fourth place overall with a three-day score of +13 (79-78-72=229), while both Sharon Lau and Jessica Pickwick finished in a tie for seventh place overall with a three-day score of +17 (233). Lau carded a +3 (75) on Wednesday and Pickwick tallied a score of +6 (78) in the final round.
Durie finished in a tie for 38th place overall, but the freshman managed to shave strokes off her scorecard each day, finishing +38 with rounds of 92, 83 and 79.
St. Edward's will earn a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships as well after finishing the regional tournament with a three-day score of +72 (306-311-319=936) and Dallas Baptist, who began the day in fourth place, earned its way into the National Championship event with an overall score of +83 (320-319-308=947). DBU finished seven strokes ahead of CSU-East Bay, who fell to fourth place with a total score of +90 (323-310-321=954).
West Texas A&M finished in fifth place with a score of +97 (324-324-313=961), but Lady Buff golfer Glory Jangthongsiri (+13, 77-78-74=229) earned her way into the National Championships as an individual player after finishing in a tie for fourth place overall and the second lowest score for an individual not on an advancing team, behind Brown from CSU-East Bay.
California Baptist's Tina Yang (+14, 75-78-77=230) finished in sixth place overall and will be the third and final individual invited to the National Championships. CBU finished in sixth place overall as a team with a score of +100 (314-333-317=964).
Midwestern State (+103, 328-329-310=967), Hawaii-Hilo (+108, 326-338-308=972) and Cal State-Chico State (+123, 337-321-329=987) rounded out the scoring for the teams at the regional championship.
The TexAnns will make its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Golf championships, which will get underway May 14-17 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. Tarleton, who played at the Rock Barn Intercollegiate Invitational earlier this season, finished in second place with a two-day score of +5 (285-288=573).