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Ralston takes it to the top: Golfer makes school history as first Crusader to win NCAA Division III Individual National Championship

Women’s golfer McKenzie Ralston closed out her collegiate career by becoming the first NCAA Division III Individual National Champion in school history. Ralston fired a four-day total of 301 to post a four-stroke victory at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Florida in May. Her 301 total matched the school record for lowest 72-hole total and Ralston was also named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s All-America and All-West Region Teams. She also was voted the 2014-15 American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Ralston, a senior from Temple High School, is just the second UMHB student-athlete to win ASC Female Athlete of the Year honors. The award recognizes the student-athletes whose athletic accomplishments during the current athletic year best contributed to their sport, their institution’s overall athletic program, and to the conference.
“We are thrilled for McKenzie,” said Randy Mann, vice president for athletics said. “National Championships don’t come along every year, and this was a result of many years of hard work and dedication to the game of golf. She has meant so much to our women’s golf program and our department as a whole. This award is a wonderful way to cap her collegiate career.”
Ralston also won her second consecutive ASC Individual title after posting a 144 total to take ASC Women’s Golfer of the Year honors for the second straight year. The athlete set a new UMHB single-season record with six individual championships during the season, and set a new school record with a 75.38 stroke average. Additionally, Ralston broke or tied 19 individual school records during her two-year playing career for the Cru.
Jackie Ralston (the women’s golf head coach as well as McKenzie’s mother) said, “She has set many records at UMHB, and I couldn’t be more excited for her future in golf as well as the impact her success will have on our program. She is a great ambassador for Mary Hardin-Baylor, and I know she is thrilled to accept this award and humbled to know that many people believed in her and her accomplishments!”