Short tourney leaves SHSU women’s golf seventh, Nelson ninth

Sam Houston State women’s golf team ended tied for seventh with Houston Baptist in the Delta Gamma Challenge hosted by Texas State on Monday.

The tournament was cancelled after 36 holes because of increased wind chill and balls moving on the green, according to SHSU athletics.

“The girls compete well and fight to the end,” head Coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “The girls played solid, and we were close to having a very good finish.”

Sophomore Paige Nelson led the Bearkats and ended tied for ninth place in the individual leaderboard. Nelson shot a 73 in the first round and a 70 in the second, tying her against Megan Thothong from University of Houston, Camino Sardinero from UTEP, and Lamar’s Wenny Chang.

Freshman Sarah Black tied in 32nd with three other players by shooting a 74 in both rounds of the tournament.

Senior Alisa White finished the tournament tied in 36th after making a 72 in the first and a 77 in the second round. Junior Nicole Budnik shot a 79 in the first round and a 75 in the second to end in 53rd place.

Rounding out the Kats, sophomore Celeste Lo placed 57th with a 74 in the first round and an 82 in the second.

Arkansas-Little Rock won the tournament by three strokes followed by Idaho in second and Houston in third with the host Texas State in fourth.

SHSU’s next tournament will be the Islander Classic at the Corpus Christi Country Club Feb. 23-24.

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