Tue, Oct 03, 2017 - [Women's Golf]
2017 AAC Fall Championships-All Tournament Team.  Point's Courtney Lowery  in middle wearing yellow shirt.
2017 AAC Fall Championships-All Tournament Team. Point's Courtney Lowery in middle wearing yellow shirt.

PINEVILLE, Ky.   The Point University women's golf team tied for fifth place among 12 schools at the 2017 Appalachian Athletics Conference Fall Championships, hosted by Union College (Ky.), Oct. 2-3, at the Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, Kentucky.  Point and Bryan College (Tenn.) both totaled 658 strokes (82 over par) among their four top golfers and finished 13 strokes behind fourth place Brenau University, the AAC's newest member, which totaled 645 strokes.


Senior All-American Courtney Lowery (Greenville, GA) tied for third place with Danielle Bates from Tennessee Wesleyan with each player scoring 149 strokes (5 over par) for the 36-hole event.  Megan Gaylor and Sarah Son, teammates from tournament champion and defending AAC champion Milligan College, tied for first place with scores of 148 strokes (4 over par).


Gaylor shot two rounds of 74, and Son scored a 73 and a 75 in her two rounds.  Also with a 73, Lowery was the co-leader with Son after day one, each with rounds of 73, and she then shot a round of 76 for a two-day total of 149.  Bates shot a seven-over par 79 on Monday and improved all the way to a 70, the tournament's best round on Tuesday and equaled Lowery's total.  Devon Omar (152) from St. Andrews University (N.C.), Niquole Mangal (154) from Brenau, and Micaa' Thomas from SCAD-Atlanta (155) joined the top four finishers on the AAC All-Tournament Team (see photo).


Milligan, which ranks 21st in the current NAIA National Coaches' poll, won the team title with totals of 310 on Monday and 304 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 614 (38 over par).  Tennessee Wesleyan placed second with daily totals of 313 and 311 for a tournament score of 624 (+48).  SCAD-Atlanta, ranked fourth in the NAIA currently, finished third with 630 (+54), and Brenau University (Ga.) placed fourth with 645 (+69).  Point and Bryan scored 658 (+52) and tied for fifth place, and Truett-McConnell University placed seventh with 661 (+85).


Besides Lowery's third-place tie among the field of 62 total golfers, Point also was represented by freshman Courtney Lewis (Grantville, Ga.), who tied for 25th place with rounds of 83 on Monday and 82 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 165 (+21), and freshman Ana Thorne (Warner Robins, Ga.), who finished 32nd with rounds of 81 and 89 for a total of 170 (+26).  Senior Ashley Stamper (McDonough, GA) tied for 39th place with 18-hole rounds of 83 and 92 for a two-day total of 175 (+31), and freshman Ally Warnke (Snellville, GA) shot a 103 (+31) on Monday and improved by 12 strokes to a 91 (+19) on Tuesday for a two-day total of 194.


NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University women's golf team, coached by Angela Ormsby, competes next in the Nob North Roadrunner Invitational, hosted by Dalton State University at the Nob North Golf Course in Cohutta, Ga., Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24.

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