NSU women’s golf goes back-to-back
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NSU women’s golf goes back-to-back

Published 5/1/17

Matt Reynolds

TNE Writer

In Kansas City at the Swope Memorial Golf Course, the NSU women’s golf team looked to defend their MIAA conference title from a year ago. It was evident from the first tee off NSU came ready to play. The RiverHawks secured an early lead and never looked back.

The NSU women’s golf team led the MIAA Conference Championship Tournament wire to wire.

“I’m very proud of this group,” said Scott Varner, NSU women’s golf head coach. “To fight how we did with the conditions was awesome to see. We trialed heading into the final six holes on day one, and we closed the last six holes extremely well to take a lead.

NSU as a team shot a total of 956 over the three rounds. The closest team to the RiverHawks was Lindenwood at 981, 25 shots back of NSU.

"We preach about fighting for every shot and this was the epitome of it the last three days," said Varner. "Really, really proud of our girls because this was a true character test.”

The three rounds at the MIAA Golf Championships were littered with bad weather. Character, according to Varner, was the key to the RiverHawks’ tremendous success.

"Another mantra that I preach is championship character breeds champions,” said Varner. “When you have this kind of adversity with as bad of weather as we had over three rounds of golf that we had, it was a gut check. It required a lot of character, and our kids fought hard."

Baylee Price, Broken Arrow senior, led the way for the RiverHawks with a runner-up finish behind Lindenwood’s Dakota Limkemann. Halie Wright, Colony, Texas sophomore, was featured in the top five with a forth place finish for NSU. Two RiverHawks, Ebba Moberg, Sundsvall, Sweden sophomore, and Kelsey Lumpkin, McKinney, Texas sophomore, tied for sixth. Lexi Armon, Owasso redshirt sophomore, was just a touch outside the top ten at 11th overall for the tournament.

The team win was the eighth tournament win for the RiverHawks over the last two years. Back-to-back conference titles meant a lot to the team.

“It was our second tournament win in a row this spring and our second conference championship in a row so we were really happy as a team with what we accomplished,” said Armon. “It wasn't the easiest three days of golf, but we all contributed and pushed through as a team. It was a lot of fun and a great boost of confidence heading into regionals.” 

NSU Athletic Director Tony Duckworth is thrilled to have Varner and his staff leading the golf programs at NSU.

“Coach Varner does a great job with both our women’s and men’s golf programs,” said Duckworth. “The success they have had under his tenure speaks for itself.”  

The conference title propels NSU women’s golf into the NCAA Division II Women’s Regional. The NCAA tournament will have a national selection show on May 1. The tournament will be in Sioux Falls, SD.


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