SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
STOCKTON, Calif. (May 4, 2016) – TexAnn Golf is bringing home its ninth NCAA West Regional championship in the last ten years after leading the field from start to finish at the Brookside Country Club.
No. 6 Tarleton, who has now won three straight regional titles, finished with scores of 294-288-294—876 (+12) in the 54-hole tournament to shatter the previous school record for a regional tournament score of 893 (+29) set in 2015. The TexAnns also set a new school record for lowest round at a regional with a 288 in the second round, surpassing the previous record of 291 in 2015.
“I’m really proud of my girls and how they played,” said head coach Jerry Doyle. “We are coming home now to get ready for the national tournament.”
Isabel Jimenez-Perea has already cemented herself as the most decorated golfer in TexAnn history, but the senior continues to add to her legacy by becoming the fourth TexAnn to win the individual regional championship and the first since Katy Ward in 2012. Jimenez-Perea, the No. 1-ranked player in NCAA Division II according to GolfStat.com, carded rounds of 69-71-70—210 (-6) for the title. Jimenez-Perea, the LSC’s only 4-time Player of the Year, established a new school record for the lowest individual round at a regional by breaking Katy Ward (2012) and Shraddhanjali Singh’s (2007) record of 217 (+1).
Jimenez-Perea was 4-under through the front nine and recorded pars on six straight holes on the back nine. The senior from Spain finished with 40 pars and 10 birdies in the tournament. It’s Jimenez-Perea’s 12th career tournament win and her first regional title.
“I am very proud of this team; we are having a very successful spring and we still have one more to go,” said Jimenez-Perea. “We are fighting like champions. I am also very happy to win this tournament as an individual. These are the last two tournaments I’m going to be playing in as a student-athlete and I am just going to try my best. Again, I can’t say enough of how proud I am of Coach Doyle and my girls.”
Sarah Gee finished tied for 12th with a 76-70-75—221 (+5). Gee was 1-under on the back nine and had three birdies in the round. The sophomore totaled 30 pars and tied with Jimenez-Perea with a team-high 10 birdies overall.
Beatriz Prados was consistent in all three rounds, recording a 2-over-par 74 all three days to finish with a 222 (+6) and tied for 15th place. Prados was 1-under on the front nine and closed out the regional with three straight pars. The first-team All-LSC selection recorded a tournament-high 44 pars and three birdies.
Casey Wild climbed four spots on the leaderboard and tied for 20th with scores of 76-73-75—224 (+8). Wild had 36 pars and six birdies for the TexAnns. Kerbey Kipp finished with a scorecard of 75-79-78—232 (+16) and had 24 pars and eight birdies.
Tarleton, winners of five straight tournaments, will head to the NCAA Division II Championships in Aurora, Colorado on May 18-21.