LINCOLN, Neb. — Freshman Bernadette Little fired a 78 and was the only Lee golfer to break 80 in the final round of the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship on the tough Wilderness Ridge course on Friday.
Little had a 72-hole total of 312 and finished in a tie with four others for the 20th spot. As a team, the Lady Flames slipped to a 321 on Friday and settled for the 12th position with a 1274.
Oklahoma City claimed the first-place trophy by carding a 304 in the final round and a 1224 72-hole score. British Columbia placed second (1236), Emery-Riddle third (1244), Cal State San Marcos fourth (1245) and Lubbock Christian rounded out the top five (1251). Emery-Riddle had a 301 for Friday’s best total.
Oklahoma City’s Jessica Schiele (295) defeated teammate Elia Folch (300) to capture the medalist crown. Schiele struggled on Friday with a 78, but her lead was still good enough to hold on Folch, who fired a 73.
Junior Courtney Shelton posted an 81 and senior Sloane Skinner tallied an 80 and both ended in a tie for 38th with 317 finishes. Sophomore Madison Alexander came in at 82 for a 328 total, and senior Chelsea Rakestraw turned in an 84 and finished at 342.
“Our goal coming into this week was to get a top 10 finish. Unfortunately, we fell just short of that. We did put ourselves in position to have a chance; we just weren’t able to come up with the shots we needed today. I thought the effort was there; we just couldnt quite get the wind figured out and that hurt us. Today was by far the windiest conditions, and it’s just not something we see a lot. Individually, I thought Bernadette played a great tournament this week. To finish in the top 20 as a freshman at the national tournament is outstanding,” said Lee coach John Maupin.
“However, I don’t want a few shots to overshadow what has been another great year for our young program. We still made a lot of positive strides this year, and I’m proud of these young ladies. They represent our university well in everything they do, and I’m grateful for their hard work and effort. I’m particularly grateful to this senior class that has been instrumental in putting this program on the map.”