Murray State capped a start-to-finish lead on Wednesday to capture the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.
The Racers led by three shots after day one and five shots after the second round before breaking it open on the final day to top Eastern Kentucky by 20 shots. That marked the biggest victory in the OVC Championship since 2008 (when JSU won by 21 shots).
With the win MSU claimed its third-straight and OVC record 12th Women’s Golf Championship (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019). It marks the third-time the Racers have had a three-peat, joining 1997-99 and 2002-04.
Murray State finished with an even par score and was followed by EKU (+20), Jacksonville State (+23), Belmont (+31), Austin Peay (+47), Tennessee Tech (+56), Morehead State (+83), Tennessee State (+149) and Eastern Illinois (+149).
With the victory, Murray State earned the OVC's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The 2019 field will be announced on Wednesday, April 24 on the Golf Channels' Golf Central program at 4:30 p.m. CT. The NCAA Regionals will be held May 6-8 and take place in Auburn, Alabama, Cle Elum, Washington, East Lansing, Michigan and Norman, Oklahoma. Following the Regionals the National Championship will be held May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
After equaling the all-time tournament low round score on Tuesday (6-under, 66), Murray State senior Anna Moore fired an even par round of 72 to finish the tournament at 211 (-5) and capture the medalist crown by one shot. Moore’s win marks the ninth time that a Murray State golfer has captured the OVC Championship medalist honor and first since Moa Folke repeated 2017.
Following the Championship, Murray State senior Linette Holmslykke was voted OVC Player of the Year by the league head coaches. The All-OVC selection has a 72.9 scoring average for the season over 11 events, including finishing second at the OVC Championship. It marks the ninth time a Murray State golfer has been named OVC Golfer of the Year and first since Moa Folke in 2017.
The All-Tournament Team, which is comprised of the top five finishers, included Moore and Holmslykke, Eastern Kentucky senior Elsa Moberly, Jacksonville State senior Paula Vega and Murray State senior Jane Watts.
Murray State had four of its five golfers finish in the top seven overall, with Moore (-5), Holmslykke (-4) and Watts (+3) earning All-Tournament honors and Raeysha Surendran finishing seventh (222, +6). The Racers final round score of 284 established a new OVC Championship record, breaking the mark of 286 MSU and Eastern Kentucky set in 2017. Overall MSU had a 54-hole average of 288, which also established a new OVC Championship mark (breaking the old record of 288.67 set by MSU in 2017).
OVC All-Tournament Team
Anna Moore, Murray State (MVP)
Linette Holmslykke, Murray State
Elsa Moberly, Eastern Kentucky
Paula Vega, Jacksonville State
Jane Watts, Murray State
Bobby Nichols OVC Coach of the Year: Mandy Moore, Eastern
OVC Player of the Year: Linette Holmslykke, Murray State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Claire Vermette, Jacksonville State