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The Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf team captured the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday in Dickson, Tenn.
It’s the second title for the program and first since 1996.
The Colonels will make their first-ever NCAA Championship Regional appearance May 9-11.
Kristen Dorsey became the third Colonel to capture individual medalist honors. Beverly Brockman won three times, (1994, 1996, 1997) and Brittany Klein won once (2005).
The event was contested at GreyStone Golf Club. GreyStone has a par of 72 and plays 5,964 yards.
EKU led by as many as 13 strokes during the final round, but when the final group teed off on the 18th hole, the Colonels were tied with Jacksonville State. Dorsey’s second shot rolled to within 15 feet from the cup. JSU’s Ornella Arrizon missed the green on her approach and then overshot to the other side of the green with her third shot. Dorsey two-putted to par the hole.
Arrizon’s fourth shot was short, giving EKU a one-shot victory.
The Colonels started the day with a five-shot lead over Morehead State and a seven-stroke advantage over Jacksonville State. EKU (916) carded a final round 308, JSU (917) turned in a 302 and Morehead State a 308.
Dorsey (223) began the day tied for first but won by two shots over Tennessee Tech’s Madalyn Everts (225). She carded a final round 74. Dorsey spent four seasons at Kansas State before transferring to EKU last summer with one year of eligibility remaining.
EKU’s line-up included two seniors and three freshmen.
Freshman Anna Gleixner (229) tied for seventh overall. Freshman Becky Sharpe (231) tied for 13th. Senior April Emerson (239) finished tied for 24th. Freshman Rachel Welker’s final round 77 was her best of the tournament. She finished 28th with a 54-hole total of 241.
Murray State (920) moved to third with a final round 299. Morehead State (921) placed fourth. Austin Peay (938) was fifth. Tennessee Tech (944) finished sixth. Belmont (969) and SIU Edwardsville (986) were seventh and eighth, respectively. Eastern Illinois (1002) and Tennessee State (1167) rounded out the field of 10 teams.