Sam Houston State Women Claim SLC Women's Golf Crown

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HORSESHOE BAY -- With three players finishing among the top 10 individuals,Sam Houston State won its second Southland Conference women's golf championship Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman Stefanie Page led the Bearkats with a runner-up individual finish with a 75-76-70--228 total.

Page's two-under 70 in the final round help propel the Bearkats to a third round team score of 304.

Lamar, two-time defending champion SLC, trailed Sam Houston by seven at the start of the third round. The Cardinals carded a final round 310 to give Sam Houston a a 13-stroke victory, 912 to 925. Central Arkansas placed third with a 942 score, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 943, McNeese State 950, Texas State-San Marcos 956, Texas-San Antonio 972, and Nicholls State 992.

Bearkat freshman Landa Stewart finished fifth in the individual standings with an 80-74-74--228 total. Senior Jennifer Heinz was eighth with a 77-71-83--231 score. Wendy Joyner was 15th at 82-79-77--238. Marianna Villarreal placed 20th with a 76-82-85--243.

"This is just a tremendous performance by the team," SHSU head coach Mike Dirks said. "Congratulations to the girls and to our assistant coach Tommy Chain who was there in Horseshoe Bay with them. A week ago, we tied Lamar in a tournament at San Marcos but lost in a playoff. It takes a lot of mental toughness to come back a week later and beat them by 13 strokes."

Therese Nilsson won her second Southland Conference individual title in a row to lead Lamar to a runner-up team finish. Nilsson shot 71-75-75--221.

The three-day, 54-hole championship was contested on the 5,901-yard, par-72, course Ram Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Sam Houston State won its previous women's golf title in 2004. The title
marks the Bearkats' eighth Southland sports crown since 2004. SHSU won football in 2004, men's outdoor track and field in 2005 and 2006, women's outdoor track and field in 2005 and 2006, and women's indoor track and field in 2007.

Sam Houston State came into the event leading all SLC teams this year with a 307.21 stroke average over 29 rounds. SHSU's Stefanie Page leads all Southland golfers into the postseason with a 75.62 stroke average over 29 rounds. She has five top-10 finishes in 10 events this year and posted a season-best 71 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Spring Classic in late February.

Team Standings 1R 2R 3R Total
1 SAM HOUSTON 308 300 304 912
2 Lamar 306 309 310 925
3 Central Arkansas 319 310 313 942
4 A&M-Corpus Christi 309 326 308 943
5 McNeese St. 318 318 314 950
6 TX St-San Marcos 307 328 321 956
7 Texas-San Antonio 327 329 316 972
8 Nicholls St. 337 325 330 992

Individual Medalist
1 Therese Nilsson, Lamar 71 75 75 221
2 Stefanie Page, SHSU 75 76 70 228
3 Mary Betancourt, TAMUCC 73 78 72 223

Sam Houston Scores
2 Stefanie Page 75 76 70 228
5 Landa Stewart 80 74 74 228
8 Jennifer Heinz 77 71 83 231
15 Wendy Joyner 82 79 77 238
20 Mariana Villarreal 76 82 85 243