Carter Wins OVC Championship



Payton Carter posted an impressive victory Tuesday to win the individual title at the 28th Ohio Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship at the Shoals Golf Club in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Carter made two birdies on the front nine at the third and fifth holes and pushed her lead to five shots with 13 holes to play. That gave her cushion to withstand three-straight bogeys from the 13th hole through the 14th hole. When she made three-straight pars on the Fighting Joe Course tough finishing holes, Carter was in the clubhouse with a 2-shot lead on Morehead State's MacKenzie Neal, who still had most of her final round to play.

Neal couldn't catch Carter who becomes Murray State's eighth player to win the OVC medalist championship and the first since Anna Moore in 2019. Carter's score line made her the only player in the field to finish under parPayton Carter on rounds of 71-70-73=214 (2-under). Neal was runner up with scores of 73-70-74=217

Carter is the OVC's individual representative and is headed to the NCAA Championship (May 9-11). The selection show (April 27) on The Golf Channel will reveal what regional of six she gets sent to. The 2022 NCAA's has six regional sites including Albuquerque, New Mexico (The Championship Course at UNM), Ann Arbor, Michigan (UM Golf Course), Franklin, Tennessee (Vanderbilt Legends Club), Stanford, California (Stanford Golf Course), Stillwater, Oklahoma (Karsten Creek Golf Club) and Tallahassee, Florida (Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club).

Carter also became the 10th Racer to win OVC Player of the Year and the first since Linette Holmslykke in 2019.

As a team, the Racers placed fourth on scores of 299-313-306=918.

After Carter's first place finish, MSU's next best finisher was Ana Picchi in 17th place on scores of 73-83-77=233. Emmie Eriksson gave the Racers three players in the top-20 on scores of 78-80-77=235 and Eliza Mae Kho placed 21st on scores of 77-80-79=236. Alma Garcia played the first round for the Racers and carded an 85 and Emma Payne played the final 36 holes and posted scores of 85-80.

Austin Peay won the team title nipping Belmont and Morehead State by one stroke (901 to 902).

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