Murray State Wins 2019 OVC Women’s Golf Championship

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Murray State capped a start-to-finish lead on Wednesday to capture the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.

The Racers led by three shots after day one and five shots after the second round before breaking it open on the final day to top Eastern Kentucky by 20 shots. That marked the biggest victory in the OVC Championship since 2008 (when JSU won by 21 shots).

With the win MSU claimed its third-straight and OVC record 12th Women’s Golf Championship (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019). It marks the third-time the Racers have had a three-peat, joining 1997-99 and 2002-04.

Murray State finished with an even par score and was followed by EKU (+20), Jacksonville State (+23), Belmont (+31), Austin Peay (+47), Tennessee Tech (+56), Morehead State (+83), Tennessee State (+149) and Eastern Illinois (+149).

With the victory, Murray State earned the OVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The 2019 field will be announced on Wednesday, April 24 on the Golf Channels’ Golf Central program at 4:30 p.m. CT. The NCAA Regionals will be held May 6-8 and take place in Auburn, Alabama, Cle Elum, Washington, East Lansing, Michigan and Norman, Oklahoma. Following the Regionals the National Championship will be held May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

After equaling the all-time tournament low round score on Tuesday (6-under, 66), Murray State senior Anna Moore fired an even par round of 72 to finish the tournament at 211 (-5) and capture the medalist crown by one shot. Moore’s win marks the ninth time that a Murray State golfer has captured the OVC Championship medalist honor and first since Moa Folke repeated 2017.

Following the Championship, Murray State senior Linette Holmslykke was voted OVC Player of the Year by the league head coaches. The All-OVC selection has a 72.9 scoring average for the season over 11 events, including finishing second at the OVC Championship. It marks the ninth time a Murray State golfer has been named OVC Golfer of the Year and first since Moa Folke in 2017.

The All-Tournament Team, which is comprised of the top five finishers, included Moore and Holmslykke, Eastern Kentucky senior Elsa Moberly, Jacksonville State senior Paula Vega and Murray State senior Jane Watts.

Murray State had four of its five golfers finish in the top seven overall, with Moore (-5), Holmslykke (-4) and Watts (+3) earning All-Tournament honors and Raeysha Surendranfinishing seventh (222, +6). The Racers final round score of 284 established a new OVC Championship record, breaking the mark of 286 MSU and Eastern Kentucky set in 2017. Overall MSU had a 54-hole average of 288, which also established a new OVC Championship mark (breaking the old record of 288.67 set by MSU in 2017).

Eastern Kentucky was paced by Moberly’s 54-hole total of 213 (-3). For her three-year EKU career Moberly finished second, fifth and third at the OVC Championship. Hannabeth Owens and Ragga Kristinsdottir tied for ninth place with scores of 224 (+8). EKU has finished in the top three at the OVC Championship for seven-straight years.

Jacksonville State capped the tournament with a final round team score of 291, its lowest of the Championship. Vega capped her career with a fourth-place finish after rounds of 71-73-72 to finish at 216 (even par). The senior finished the season 96-4 against OVC competition. Claire Vermette, the OVC Freshman of the Year, finished in eighth place after a 54-hole total of 223 (+7).

Belmont’s final round total of 293 was its best-ever at a conference championship and second-lowest round at any event during its Division I history. The Bruins three round total of 895 was the lowest in program history. Cameron Fish led the way with a score of 224 (+8) to finish in a tie for ninth place.

Austin Peay’s Reagan Greene capped the OVC Championship with back-to-back rounds of 72 to finish in sole possession of sixth place (220, +4).

Tennessee Tech’s Lindsay Miller carded her best round of the tournament on Wednesday with a score of 71 (-1) to move into ninth place (224, +8).

Gypsie Hutchinson improved her score each day for Morehead State, finishing with a final round of 75 (+3) to end the tournament at 229 (+13) and finish in a tie for 21st.

The tie for eighth place marked the best-ever OVC Championship finish for Tennessee State. The Tigers also had a total of 1013, which was three shots better than its previous best OVC 54-hole total. Senior Morgan Rood finished 34th with a three-day total of 242 (+26).

Daphne Chang capped her Eastern Illinois career with a final round 76 to finish in a tie or 26th place overall (233, +17).

For the week the course played 6,025 yards and was a par 72.