• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s golf repeats as RSC Champions

RIVER STATES CONFERENCE CHAMPS. The Midway University women’s golf team celebrated its second straight River States Conference Championship with a win in the conference championship tournament, which was held on Tuesday, April 25, at Lassing Pointe Golf Course. Players shown in the photo are, from left, Shawn Tipton (assistant coach), Hannah Scroggins, Chelsea Schack, Kathryn Lawler, Amanda Cox, Kelsey Whitehouse, Rylee Beard and Otis Smith (head coach). (Photo courtesy of Midway Athletics)

Heading into the spring season, Otis Smith, Midway women’s head golf coach, began focusing his team on repeating as conference champs, and on Tuesday, April 25, at Lassing Pointe Golf Course, the team did just that by winning its second consecutive River States Conference women’s golf title. After playing 27 holes in the first round on Monday, April 24, the Eagles led by 21 strokes. By the end of the second round, their lead grew by 10 to 31 shots. Then at the conclusion of the tournament, Midway had run away with the win by a 43-stroke margin. As a team, Midway struggled with a 347 in the first round, but at the end of the round, they started to build momentum leading to one of its lowest scores of the season in the second round with a 323. Then in the final round, the Eagles shot a 328 for a team score of 998. Midway was led with an impressive performance by junior Kathryn Lawler, who got stronger in each round. Lawler struggled with an 87 in the first round, but began to turn it around in the second, where she carded a 79. Then in the third round, Lawler shot the lowest round of anyone in the tournament with a 3-over 74 to win by six strokes with a 240. Showing vast improvement throughout the tournament was junior Amanda Cox. Like Lawler, she struggled with a 92 in the first round, but posted back-to-back rounds in the 70s to finish in a tie for third. In addition, she tied for the lowest round in the second round with an 8-over 79. Then in the final 18 holes she shot a 6-over 77 to finish with a total score of 248. Finishing in a tie for sixth place was the duo of junior Chelsea Schack and freshman Hannah Scroggins. Schack stayed consistent throughout the three rounds and finished with an 87 in her first and third rounds, while carding an 86 in her second round leading to a 54-hole total of 260. Scroggins began the tournament by shooting an 84 in her first round. In the second round she posted one of the lower scores in the round with an 81, and in her final round she shot a 95 to finish with a total score of 260. Sitting alone in ninth place was sophomore Rylee Beard, who struggled in Monday’s first round with an 89, but responded in the second where she fired an 84. Then in final round she carded a 90 to finish with a 54-hole total of 263. Wrapping up the action for Midway was junior Kelsey Whitehouse, who shot a 97 and a 98 in her first and second rounds for a 36-hole score of 195. Like some of her teammates before her, she improved in her final round, where she fired an 84 to finish the event with a total score of 279. By winning the conference championship, the Eagles automatically qualify for the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship to be held May 23 to 26 at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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