Sophomore Paige Nelson has been an elite golfer for Sam Houston State, but she lacked one accomplishment at SHSU: first place individually at a tournament.
At the Fred Marx Invitational in Monroe, La. on Tuesday, that all changed. Nelson earned her first individual win as a Bearkat, leading SHSU to a second place team finish only four strokes behind host team Louisiana Monroe.
“Winning my first tournament opens a flood gate of many more wins to come,” Nelson said. “This is only the beginning.”
Nelson shot a season and career best in the second round at the Bayou Desiard Country Club with a score of 70. The two-under par performance was her career best.
She completed the tournament Tuesday shooting a 73 third round, finishing four strokes ahead of second place ULM’s Ines Fend.
“There was no doubt in my mind that I couldn’t win,” Nelson said. “I went to the tournament with the mindset that I was going to win. I knew I could do it, all I had to do was be patient.”
Senior Alisa White had another top 15 finish when she tied for 13th. Not far behind was junior Nicole Budnik, completing the tournament tied at 16th.
Freshman Sarah Black saw a better outing in her second collegiate tournament. After ending her first tournament tied for 50th at the FedEx Intercollegiate Tournament, she ended her round Tuesday tied at 29th.
Junior Abigayle Corson finished last for the Bearkats tied at 42nd after a tough first round that left her too far behind to catch up to the rest.
The Bearkats finished ahead of Southland Conference opponents Houston Baptist, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, McNeese State and Incarnate Word.
SHSU returns to the course next Monday at the Oral Roberts Shootout in Tulsa, Okla. at the MeadowBrook Country Club.