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Men’s and women’s golf teams compete in national tournaments

Men’s and women’s golf teams compete in national tournaments

The Cru men’s and women’s golf teams made it a National Tournament ”two-fer” when both teams qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships following the 2013-14 seasons. The UMHB women traveled to the National Tournament in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida, while the men competed in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Women's Golf 2014

The women’s golf team at the 2014 NCAA National Tournament.

The women’s team entered the 2014 National Tournament as the defending national champion and made a run at defendingthat title before finishing with a national second place trophy instead. UMHB fired a four-day total of 1280 to finish in second place, 24 strokes behind first-time national champion Rhodes College’s 1256 team total. It was the fifth NCAA national runner-up finish in the history of the Cru women’s golf program. McKenzie Ralston (Jr., Temple) was the top individual finisher for UMHB, adding an individual runner-up performance. Taylor O’Rear (Jr., Salado) tied for 10th individually, Victoria Thane (Jr., Stamford) tied for 22nd place, Elizabeth Davis (So., Houston) tied for 42nd, and Kelly Gonyea (Sr., Harker Heights) closed out her collegiate career by tying for 56th place for the Cru. The UMHB women were in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time overall.

The UMHB men won the American Southwest Conference Championship to earn just the third NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in their program’s history. The Cru fired a two-day total of 614 and narrowly missed making the 15-team cut in the event. However, Pablo Mena Medrano (Sr., Cadiz, Spain) did advance as an individual and rolled to a four-day total of 300 to tie for 25th place and break the school’s 72-hole individual scoring record in the process. The other golfers representing the Cru in the NCAA Tournament included Jarrod Brown (Fr., Groves), Justin Judkins (Sr., SanAntonio), Stayton Lindeman (Jr., Lampasas), and Robby Schimmels (Sr., Killeen).

Men's Golf

Senior Pablo Mena Medrano tees off at the 2014 NCAA Division III National Tournament in May.

 

Thirty-eight UMHB athletes were selected for the American Southwest Conferences’ All-Academic teams for winter/spring 2014. To be eligible, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the conclusion of the academic semester in which their ASC sport’s championship is held.