CHAMPS: @UTTylerWGolf surges to win at NCAA Spring Preview

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

HOUSTON – The UT Tyler women’s golf team cut 16 strokes from its opening round and bolted up the leaderboard to win by one at the NCAA Division III National Spring Preview on Tuesday with Morgan Loth finishing fourth to lead the Patriots at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Patriots shot a 326-310 – 636 and won the tournament after being in fourth place after Monday’s opening round in the 11-team field. Redlands was second with a 320-317 – 637 for second place, while first-round leader Whitman dropped to third with a final scorecard of 317-326 – 643. UT Tyler has now won five of six tournaments this season and won this one on the same course where the NCAA DIII National Championship will be played May 9-12.

Loth would move from 11th to fourth after shooting a 73 in the final round and completed the tournament with a 154. A senior from Humble, Loth has now recorded four top-5 finishes this season including finishing as the runner-up in the spring opener two weeks ago in Austin. Taylor Denton shot a 81-80 – 161 to finish ninth overall in the individual standings. A sophomore from Burnet, Denton has finished in the top-10 of five of the six tournaments this season.

Stephanie Tutt shot a 78-84 – 162 and finished 11th overall, while Katelyn Hicken posted an 86-77 – 163 for 14th to help the Patriots move up to the first-place podium. Amy Cox (89-80 – 169) was 25th and Shannon Grinnell (83-96 – 179) finished 40th as an individual. Tutt, who earned All-America honors last year as sophomore by finishing fifth at the national tournament at Bay Oaks, has five top-11 finishes on the season including third place at the Linda Lowery Invitational two weeks ago. Tutt was in sixth place after the opening round before dropping back to 11th on Tuesday.

Phoebe Nguyen won the tournament with a 74-76 – 150 for Whitman College, while Margaret Loncki (CMS) was second with a 76-75 – 151. Caroline Ordian was one stroke ahead of Loth on the leaderboard with a 74-79 – 153 for Redlands. CMS was second in the team standings to start the day but fell back to fourth with a 318-333 – 651 while Southwestern was fifth (338-327 – 665). The American Southwest Conference was also represented by Mary Hardin-Baylor which finished sixth with a 329-340 – 669 and Concordia at 334-338 – 672 for seventh.

UT Tyler will stay on its Spring Break road trip where the Patriots will play at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational from Friday-Sunday in Peoria, Arizona at the Lakes Course. The Patriots finished second at the tournament last year just one shot back of George Fox University in the team standings with Tutt, Cox and Loth each returning after top-10 finishes.