MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - If only the start was as strong as the finish. The North Texas women's golf team scorched the course at the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a score of 293 to finish in fifth place as a team. The trio of Addison Long, Jordan Rose, and Kelsey Kipp combined to shoot even-par in the third round as North Texas overcame a sluggish opening round on Monday to post a top-five finish.
The Mean Green's 293 was the second best-round of the day
"This was quite an event," said coach Jeff Mitchell. "After such a difficult first round, we managed to play some great golf. First of all, I am really proud of our seniors. Jordan tied her best round of the year and has been a huge part of this program for the past four years. Janna birdied her last hole as a collegiate golfer. She too has been to almost every tournament for four years and has contributed a great deal. Maggie Noel only missed three tournaments in her career and played some great golf."
Long, who shot an 88 on Monday and was last in the field of 55 players, shot a third round score of 2-under par 70 as she carded five birdies on the day. Long climbed the leaderboard the last two days and finished in a tie for 25th place with a three-round score of 230.
Meanwhile Rose shot a final round of 1-under par 71 and had the best finish of the tournament for North Texas as she finished in 13th place. Rose had four birdies on the final round and shot a 54-hole score of 226. Kipp was tied for 16th place a third-round score of 75 as she finished just one-shot behind Rose with a 227 for the tournament.
"I am excited about the performances of Kelsey and Addison. They are going to be really good in the near future. Our fifth place finish was a solid performance and will give us a lot of momentum for next season. I see great things in our future," said Mitchell.
Senior's Janna Golden and Maggie Noel both had their best rounds of the tournament in the final round. Golden shot a 5-over par 77 while Noel posted a 78.
Denver captured its seventh straight conference title with a score of 865.