MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Kathy Sterling was the low finisher for the Warhawks Wednesday and tied for 17th overall to guide ULM to a ninth place result after the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Women's Golf Tournament.
Sterling carded a 79 on the par-72, 6,264 yard Fighting Joe course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's The Shoals. Her round featured her first career eagle on the par-5 first hole along with two birdies. She totaled 229 (78-72-79) for the 54-hole event to finish seven strokes out of the top-10.
Denver's Rachael Watton and FIU's Katie Mundy both ended with three-day totals of one-under-par 215 to force sudden death, and Watton came out victorious after winning on the first hole of the playoff to earn medalist honors.
The Warhawks shot 315 in the final round, and combined for 935 for the tournament to drop back a spot from eighth place yesterday to close out the 2012 season. Denver finished in dominant fashion with a 291 and an eight-over-par 872 total to claim its ninth consecutive.
Ines Fendt fired the low round of the day for ULM, a 74 which included a team-best five birdies as well as two through her last three holes. She ended one stroke back of Sterling in a tie for 21st overall.
A final-round 80 by Jennifer Park gave her a 235 total for a solo 32nd place finish, while Emily Stratton totaled 241 to tie for 41st. Lea Anna Cardwell concluded the event in 55th place with 278.
Park and Ali Lucas each earned All-Conference accolades as voted by the Sun Belt's 11 head coaches. The team consists of 12 players, four of which were guranteed a spot with a top-four finish in the championship. The coaches selections determined the final eight golfers to receive recognition.
1. Denver 288-293-291-872, 2. Middle Tennessee 295-303-291-889, 3. FIU 298-305-292-895, 4. North Texas 296-308-294-898, 5. UALR 302-311-298-911, 6. South Alabama 304-315-298-917, 7. Arkansas State 305-313-306-924, 8. Troy 309-317-307-933, 9. ULM 312-308-315-935, 10. Western Kentucky 316-338-312-966, 11. Florida Atlantic 335-339-330-1004
1. Rachael Watton (Denver ) 71-73-71-215, 2. Katie Mundy (FIU) 69-72-74-215, 3. Megan Vaughn (UALR) 71-72-73-216, 4. Tonje Daffinrud (Denver) 71-72-74-217, 5. Allie Knight (Middle Tennessee) 72-74-72-218
T17. Kathy Sterling 78-72-79-229, T21. Ines Fendt 78-78-74-230, 32. Jennifer Park 78-77-80-235, T41. Emily Stratton 78-81-82-241, 55. Lea Anna Cardwell 89-101-88-278
2012 SBC Women's Golf All-Conference Team
UALR, Megan Vaughn
Arkansas State, Jennifer Welch
Denver, Tonje Daffinrud
Denver, Kelly Drack
Denver, Rachael Watton
FIU, Shelby Coyle
FIU, Katie Mundy
ULM, Ali Lucas
ULM, Jennifer Park
Middle Tennessee, Karisa Akin
Middle Tennessee, Ashley Haggard
North Texas, Jacey Chun
2012 SBC Women's Golf Freshman of the Year
Denver, Rachael Watton
2012 SBC Women's Golf Coach of the Year
Middle Tennessee, Chris Adams