Western finishes top 10 in MIAA tournament

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The Missouri Western Women’s Golf team finished fourth in the MIAA Championships. The Griffons had all five girls finish in the top 35 of the tournament.

Freshman Shi Qing Ong finished tied for eighth in the tournament, shooting a 238. Ong’s best round was her final round, when she finished with a 73. Her score was the best of any golfer that round.

Madison Romjue wasn’t far behind Ong, finishing 13th  in the tournament with a 244 in three rounds. Celine Lim finished with a 247 and Callie Wilson shot a 252. Coach Greg Dillon has been impressed with the way Ong has played all season.

“You know I think that Shi Qing has a chance to win the Division II championship,” Dillon said.

Lindenwood finished 12 strokes ahead of the Western for third place, but finished 10 strokes ahead of Central Missouri for fourth place. First place belonged to Northeastern State University, recording a 922. The second place team also reigns from Oklahoma. The Bronchos of Central Oklahoma recorded a score of 902.

Baylee Price of Northeastern was the individual winner of the tournament. Price finished with a 219, giving the RiverHawk her fourth title of the season. Second place went to Central Missouri’s Elizabeth Leath.

The women’s team will compete in the 2016 NCAA Central Super Regional in Axtell, Neb., May 2-4.

“I believe the biggest challenge for us will be getting through that first weekend,” Dillon said.

It is the women’s first trip to the tournament and their confidence is high that they can keep advancing in the tournament.

“We just have to remember it’s one tournament, Dillon said. It’s a new season and opportunity for us.”

The men’s golf team finished seventh in the men’s championship. Western recorded a 917 at Tiffany Greens Golf Club.

“I thought we should have finished a little higher in the tournament,” Dillon said. “We struggled early and the weather was really a factor.”

The Griffon’s best score came from Corey Knight, recording a 223, good for 10th. Ryan Hand finished 22nd in the tourney with 229. Cole Roberts shot a 236 and Jakob Rudosky finished with a 237.

“Ryan got behind early, but he battled back in the tournament,” Dillon said.

Central Oklahoma won the tournament, swinging their way to an 882 team score. Lindenwood finished second, recording an 891 through three rounds. Blake Lammers of Lincoln was the individual winner, shooting a 210 through three rounds.