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Midway women’s golf wins third consecutive RSC Championship

For the third consecutive year, the River States Women’s Golf Championship trophy is coming back to Midway.

The Midway women’s golf team continued their dominant run through the River States Conference on Tuesday, April 17, winning its third consecutive River States Conference Women’s Golf Championship.

Despite terrible weather conditions in Monday’s opening round, the Eagles held a 23 stroke advantage after firing a 344. Weather conditions improved on Tuesday which allowed for better scoring conditions.

Midway improved their team score by five strokes on Tuesday en route to a 339 to finish the tournament with a two round total of 683 which was good enough for a 26 shot victory over second place Indiana University East.

“I could not be more proud of these young ladies,” said Midway Coach, Otis Smith. “This team has played through adversity and even snow this week in the championship, and they still fought for every stroke. Through all this, they won their third consecutive conference championship.”

Added Smith, “Everyone on this team contributed to this victory. We have had several different lineups all year and that pushed everyone to get better as the year progressed.”

Getting better as the year progressed is exactly what Smith’s team has done. It was a rough start to the spring with a 12th place finish in the Lonnie Barton Invitational and a 10th place finish at the UNOH Spring Invitational, but a three week break gave the Eagles a chance to refocus.

And refocus is just what they did. They began to catch their stride in their home tournament a week ago at Frankfort Country Club. The Eagles posted a third place finish in the Midway Eagle Invitational as they built on that momentum leading to accomplishing their goal on Tuesday.

By way of winning their third consecutive RSC Championship, the Eagles will be making their third straight trip to the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship, which is set for May 22-25 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Midway was led by the play of senior Kathryn Lawler. After shooting an 85 in the first round, the Georgetown, Ky. native, fired an 82 on Tuesday to finish with a two-round total of 167. Following 36 holes of golf, Lawler was tied with Breanna Nowak of IU East for medalist honors.

The position was quite familiar for both Lawler and Nowak as the duo have had quite the battle the last three years finishing one-two in some order each year. Nowak earned medalist honors in 2016, while Lawler garnered medalist honors in 2017.

After the two made a bogey in the opening playoff hole – a 493 yard par 5 – they would make their way to their second playoff hole – a 167 yard par 3. Lawler made a bogey on the hole, while Nowak eventually made a par to earn medalist honors, meaning Lawler finished in second.

Up next for the Eagles was sophomore Hannah Scroggins. The Williamstown, Ky. native also showed a three stroke improvement to finish in fourth place overall. She shot an 87 on Monday before shooting an 84 on Tuesday to finish with an overall score of 171.

Also finishing with a top-5 finish was senior Chelsea Schack. Like her two teammates, she improved by two strokes from round one to round two. The Alexandria, Ky. native shot an 87 in the first round and followed that up with an 85 in the second to finish with a 172 for fifth place.

Finishing in a tie for sixth place overall was Rylee Beard. The junior from Campbellsville, Ky. fired an 85 in the opening round, before carding an 88 in the second round on Tuesday to finish with a 36-hole total of 173.

The final two players in action for Midway was freshman Jenna Lewis and senior Mercedes Lane. Both earned a top-20 finish as Lewis garnered a 16th place finish and Lane finished the tournament in 17th place.

Lewis, a native of Shelbyville, Ky., improved her score by nine strokes from the first round to the second. She shot a 99 on Monday and then fired a 90 on Tuesday to finish with a total score of 189.

Meanwhile, Lane, a native of Henderson, Ky., also improved her score from round one to round two. The senior shot a 98 in the first round and followed that up with a 94 in the second to finish with a total score of 192.

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