Women’s Golf competed in the NCAA Central Region Spring Preview yesterday placing sixth with a team score of 631 as they played in icy conditions out in Springfield, Missouri.
Tiffanie Yabut says it was definitely an adjustment saying it was “pretty windy and tough to read the green and the tournament didn’t start till an hour later than it was supposed to.”
Ong would finish the tournament in fourth place with a 5-over-par 149 and was three strokes from winning. Ong was also named Central Region All-Tournament team.
Ong is static over her performances the past two tournaments, “It feels pretty good and it was exciting to see our team perform well against some really good teams. As far as being named to the All-Tournament team; I really didn’t expect it but it gives me more confidence about my game.”
The griffons hit the ground running early in the first round as Shi Qing Ong shot a 2 over-par 74 to tied for the lead with three other golfers after one round at Rivercut Golf Course.
It was a very competitive first round as Ong’s teammates weren’t far behind as Chong Yong tied for 20th with a 79. Jenna Kosmatka placed top-30th with an 81. Tiffanie Yabut hit an 83 and Katie Irvin recorded and 87 for Western. Southwest Oklahoma State was on top as a team with a 301 going into the final round.
Arkansas Tech would end up taking home the championship as their team would card a 601. Gloria Choi from Southwest Oklahoma took home the individual title with a 2-over-par 146.
April 3, 2018, Shi Qing Ong claimed her second individual title this season in Mountain Home. Arkansas at the Henderson State Southern Bancorp Invitational with a 2-over-par 145. Ong’s second championship helped propel the team to a fifth-place finish with a score 619.
Ong started off the tournament hot as she was tied with Taylor Loeb of Henderson State at 1-under-par 71. Texas A&M-Commerce and Henderson State were tied in the first round on top of the leader board with a 303. Western would finish the day in fifth place with score of 316.
Chong Yong an carded and 80 to finish inside the top-30. Jenna Kosmatka recorded and 82 to close out the first round. Katie Irvin and Tiffanie Yabut both hit 83 to end the first round.
Finally Yong would end the tournament with a 155 and would tie for 14th. Yabut trimmed her score down seven strokes to card a total of 159. Kosmatka shot a 160 and Irvin would score a 169.
Yabut talks about their team performance, “It was exciting and nerve wrecking and I know Shi Qing and Chong held us down to keep us in the top. I think as a team we have yet to meet our full potential as a team and I think we are almost there. In the championship coming up I think our biggest competitors especially in our conference are going to be Northeastern, Lindenwood, and a few other who we are really close with.”
Women’s golf team will compete in the MIAA Championship on April 24th-26th at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri.