NSU women’s golf places fifth at DBU
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NSU women’s golf places fifth at DBU


Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

NSU women’s golf competed this week in a special invite, match-play event in Grand Prairie, Texas. Four schools from Oklahoma and four schools from Texas were invited to the medal-match championship. Medal-match is the same format that is played in the national championship finals.

Medal-match is not the same as true match, where a player gets a point for their team if their score is lower than their opponent, regardless if it is one stroke better or ten. In this format there is no “gimme putts” or concedes like in true match play.

“I really like match play and I am really excited to play it this week,” said Aitana Hernandez. “We do not play very many match play tournaments in Spain but when we do I fight harder than ever. Most of the match play tournaments I have played before I have gotten to the semifinals or finals. Even though this is not true match play, it is still different than our normal tournaments and I am super excited to play hard.”

The RiverHawks fell 4-1 to St. Edward's during the first round on Monday morning, but went out and beat Southwestern Oklahoma 3-2 in the consolation bracket during the afternoon round. NSU was sitting in sixth overall in the medal format after the first day, scoring a 594, 298-296.

In the medal format, Ebba Moberg was tied for the lead with a 139, 71-68, five under par, after the 36 holes on Monday. Hernandez followed after Moberg on the RiverHawks’ squad and tied for 16th scoring a 148, Lexi Armon shot a 154 and tied for 29th.  Kelsey Lumpkin shot a 155 to place 33rd overall and Nina Lee shot a 160 after the first day.

"Ebba was a stud all day," said Scott Varner NSU golf head coach. "We are playing in arguably one of the strongest fields in the nation this year. Ebba is in great position to get a huge win. As a senior, she needs to go out with no regrets tomorrow."

During the second day of the tournament NSU faced Oklahoma Christian University in their last match. Against the Lady Eagles, Armon, Hernandez, and Lumpkin all won their matches and NSU finished in fifth in the match play. However, in medal play the RiverHawks dropped to seventh place carding a 906, 298-296-312, after the 54 holes.

In the medal play format, Moberg paced NSU with a 217, 71-68-78 and was tied for seventh overall. Hernandez was nine shots back and tied for 22nd, while Armon and Lumpkin both shot 233 and were tied for 31st place. Lee shot a 238 and finished in 37th.

“The course was in pretty good shape this week,” said Lumpkin. “The greens were Bermuda grass which always makes putting challenging, and I think it was for sure the toughest part this week. The fairways were narrow and tree lined so you really needed to keep your ball on the fairway to score well. I am striking the ball well, so I am going into our next tournament hoping some putts will fall and I can put up some good scores for the team.” 

Dallas Baptist won their own event both in match play, 4-1, over St. Mary's, and finished with an 858 in medal play. The Patriots finished 21 strokes ahead of West Texas A&M, and Oklahoma Christian's Kate Goodwin claimed medalist honors with a total score of 209.

The NSU women’s golf team will return to action, with the same lineup, this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2, to play in the Broncho Invitational at the Golf Club of Edmond in Oklahoma City.

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