ABILENE – No. 13 Tarleton Women’s Golf continued its run of dominance in the Lone Star Conference by winning an LSC record 11th conference championship in record-setting fashion.
The TexAnns shattered the LSC record for lowest team score in a 36-hole tournament, shooting a 571 (+3). The old conference record – set by the TexAnns in 2009 – was 585. Tarleton had rounds of 285 (+1) and 286 (+2). It’s the third straight LSC championship by the TexAnns and 10th in the last 11 seasons.
Overall, the TexAnns had 107 pars, an LSC-best 26 birdies and an eagle. The TexAnns shot +6 on Par 3’s for an average score of 3.15 to lead the field. They followed with a 4.19 average on Par 4’s and had a 5.10 average on Par 5’s.
“I’m just really proud of everybody,” said head coach Jerry Doyle. “They played great today.”
The TexAnns controlled the top of the leaderboard with four players in the top five.
Casey Leatherman had a career day in the final round, setting a new school record for lowest round in the LSC Championship and lowest individual 36-hole score in the LSC Championships. After carding a 75 (+4) in the first round, Leatherman followed with a 5-under-par 66 to finish with a 141 (-1) and place second overall.
Leatherman’s 66 set the new individual low-round score at the LSC Championship, topping Carla Cooper (2010-11) and Sharon Lau’s (2011) record of 68. Leatherman’s 141 tops Casey Wild’s 143 set last year for the lowest individual 36-hole score at the LSC Championships.
The sophomore had the lone TexAnn eagle on No. 4, a 336-yard Par 4. Leatherman shot -3 on the front nine and -2 on the back nine. She had five birdies and an eagle on the round and finished with 19 pars and eight birdies overall.
Casey Wild and Junie Khaw both tied for third on the individual leaderboard with a score of 143 (+1). Wild had rounds of 69 (-2) and 74 (+3). The senior shot even par on the front nine and 3-over on the back nine. Overall, Wild led the tournament with 27 pars and had four birdies. Khaw registered rounds of 70 (-1) and 73 (+2). The freshman shot even par on the front nine and +2 on the back. For the tournament, Khaw had 23 pars and six birdies.
Sarah Gee placed fifth with a score of 144 (+2). The 2018 LSC Player of the Year had rounds of 71 (E) and 73 (+2). Gee was 2-over on the front nine and even par on the back while totaling 21 pars and seven birdies in the tournament. Breanna Smith tied for 38th with a score of 169 (+27).
The TexAnns earned an automatic bid to the West Regional Tournament, which will be held on May 7-9 at the Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colorado. The TexAnns have qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament in 10 of the last 11 years and have won an LSC record nine regional championships.