Central Arkansas leads the pack as the top-ranked team and search for its first Southland championship after finishing one stroke off the lead a year ago. Senior Fernanda Lira and junior Emma Svensson lead UCA, claiming the second and third best adjusted scoring versus par in the conference. The two combined for the final three Southland Golfer of the Month awards with Svensson most recently winning April honors after a first-place showing at the Murray State Jan Weaver Invitational. The team will tee off at 10:15 a.m. with Lamar. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and McNeese are the fifth and sixth-seeded teams and will tee off at 8:45 a.m. No. 7 Stephen F. Austin and No. 8 UIW are slated to start the tournament at 8 a.m. Eight teams – Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, UIW, Lamar, McNeese, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – will compete for the automatic team bid to the 2018 NCAA Regionals. They will begin teeing off at 8 a.m. CT. Pairings are determined by the teams’ seeding based off their Golfstat national ranking. FRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship tees off Monday at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. This is 17th edition of the championship and the second consecutive tournament at the 6,191 yard, par 71 course. Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State will start its opening rounds at 9:30 a.m. as the No. 3 and No. 4 conference teams, respectively. The Huskies won their first conference championship a year ago with Lexi Brooks carding a 210 total score to break a seven-year record for lowest 54-hole score, set by UCA’s Rebecca Sorensen. The team also scored the lowest team total at a Southland Championship with an 881 score in 2017. HBU’s junior Kaity Cummings leads HBU. In the team’s last three tournaments, Cummings finished no less than 12th in the individual leaderboards, winning the Bradley-Brookhaven Invitational on March 13. Woodforest Golf Club has also served home to a handful of Texas Golf Association tournaments and qualifiers, including the State Amateur Qualifier, Mid-Am Qualifier, State Senior 4-Ball Championship and the TGA Legends Junior Tour tournaments. The club also enters its fourth years hosting the 72-hole PGA Champions Tour Qualifying School. Sam Houston’s Hanna Alberto paces the team with a 72.60 scoring average on the year. She is ranked as the top Southland women’s golfer in the player rankings and finished second individually at the championship last season. The Bearkats last finished first at their host tournament on Oct. 2-3, 2017, but have not won as a team since. Alberto has three individual wins on the season, last finishing first at the HBU Husky Invitational. LU earned the No. 2 seed in a season that saw the team claim three wins, including a victory at the HBU Invitational in March. LU most recently hosted the Cardinal Challenge, a match-play format tournament in which the Big Red fell 3-2 to South Alabama in the championship. Sophomore Elodie Chapelet, the 2017 Southland Player of the Year, returns to the field looking to lead Lamar to its fifth Southland championship in six years. For more information on the 2018 Southland Conference women’s golf championship, please click here.
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