FRISCO, Texas -- Shelby Hardy shot the best 54-hole total in Sam Houston women’s golf history to take home the Southland individual championship at Frisco Lakes Golf Club in Frisco, Texas.
The senior from San Saba capped off her record-setting career with a Southland and school record three-round score of 212. Hardy was the only golfer in the field to break par both of the first two days.
Hardy’s first round 68 tied the Bearkat record for low round at the conference tournament.
This is her third tournament win this season which ties a school record and upped her career total to six tournament titles, also a Bearkat record.
"I’m just really proud to say I finished my career with this win. These four years have gone by so fast and it feels great to go out with the win,” said Bearkat senior Shelby Hardy. “I was just trying to stick with every shot like it was my last and focus on the task ahead of me. I was pumped after my first round 68 but tried to remain focused throughout. It was tough but I got it done and I’m so happy and exhausted.”
Hardy is the Kats third individual medalist in the program’s history after Raman Saran took home the title in 2004 and Stefani Page won it in 2007.
Sam Houston finished tied with Oral Roberts for second place in the overall standings with a three round total of 898. Lamar won the event by seven strokes (891). Central Arkansas had a four stroke lead heading into the final round and finished fourth.
“I’m so proud of our four seniors that gave it their all for their final tournament of their careers,” said Bearkat head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “I told Shelby that this is one of one of my proudest days as a Bearkat. She played like a professional and every shot was like her last. She had her head down for 54 holes and played one of the best tournaments I’ve ever seen from a college player.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was fifth (905), McNeese State was sixth (909) and Stephen F. Austin finished seventh (941).
Senior Meghan Musk rallied from a first round 82 to finish 12th (82-74-70-226). Musk shot the low round on the final day of the tournament and was the only golfer to break par. Freshman Nicole Budnik was tied for 20th (76-76-68-230), Jessica Borth was tied for 25th (79-80-77-236), and Jenna Stene was 34th (76-83-81-240).
Hardy won by six strokes over A&M-Corpus Christi’s Vanessa Johnson and and McNeese State’s Lina Lagergren. Lamar’s Katelyn McDougal was fourth (221).