2018 Women's Golf
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Courtney Lowery in action at NAIA-AAC Direct Qualifier, and Lowery with All-Tournament selections (Lowest 5 scorers)
Women's Golf - Tue, Apr. 18, 2017

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – The Point University women's golf team finished fifth among 11 schools at the 2017 NAIA-Appalachian Athletics Conference Women's Golf Direct Qualifier, hosted by Point University, April 17-18, at the Callaway Gardens Golf Club in Pine Mountain, Ga.  A field of 52 golfers completed the 36-hole event on the par 72, 5803-yard Lakeview course.  Point's season comes to a conclusion.


Milligan College won the team championship with a two-day, 36-hole total of 612 strokes (36 over par), four ahead of second-place St. Andrews University, which totaled 616 (40 over par).  Milligan, coached by AAC Coach of the Year Tony Wallingford, automatically qualifies as a team for the NAIA National Women's Golf Championships at the PGA National Golf Course in West Palm Beach in May.  Milligan also won the conference regular-season and tournament championships this season.


SCAD-Atlanta placed third with 640 (64 over par), and Tennessee Wesleyan finished fourth with 651 (75 over par), just two strokes ahead of Point University, which totaled 653 (77 over par).  After scoring 333 strokes for its four golfers in Monday's first 18-hole round, the Skyhawks rallied and scored a season-best 320 total in Tuesday's second round.


Milligan's Cassidy Gibson and St. Andrews' Lydia Randell tied for first place in the individual competition with 36-hole totals of 147, with each scoring tournament-best rounds of 70 on Monday and rounds of 77 on Tuesday.  Megan Gaylor from Milligan placed third with 152 (77-75), and Briana Tibbetts from St. Andrews scored 153 (75-76) for fourth place.  Point University's Courtney Lowery (JR/Greenville, GA), who placed first in three events this season and won AAC Player of the Week twice and NAIA National Player of the Week honors once, finished in a fifth-place tie with Ann Sullivan from Milligan College (Tenn.).  Each golfer totaled 154 (10 over par) for 36 holes.  Due to the ties for first and fifth places, the top six golfers (listed above) earned All-Tournament honors.


Gibson and Lowery also wound up in a dead-heat for AAC Female Golfer of the Year and played a four-hole sudden-death playoff to decide the conference's top award.  Both golfers shot par on the first three holes (holes 18, 1 and 2), and Gibson shot par on the fourth playoff hole (no. 3) while Lowery bogeyed the hole, giving Gibson the award.  They scored the two lowest combined totals in the two regular-season events, the fall and spring AAC Invitationals and the Direct Qualifier.


The All-Appalachian Athletics Conference first and second team members were selected on the basis of a combination of their scores from two regular-season events, the fall and Spring AAC championships, and the Direct Qualifier scores.  A player must have competed in the top five for her respective team at all three tournaments (108 total holes).


The top five scores earned All-AAC first team honors: Gibson and Lowery; Rachita Vasandani from SCAD-Atlanta, Lydia Randell from St. Andrews, and Megan Gaylor from Milligan.


The golfers in places six through 10 in the AAC point standings earned All-AAC second team honors:  Mica'a Thomas from SCAD-Atlanta; Abby Dukes from Tennessee Wesleyan; Leslie Ginter from SCAD-Atlanta; Paige Hartman from St. Andrews; and Sarah Son from Milligan.


Besides Lowery's fifth-place finish, Point also was represented by Jenna Dawn (SR/Alexandria, KY), who tied for 17th place with rounds of 85 on Monday and 79 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 164, and Lena Lemieux (SR/Phenix City, AL), who tied for 23rd with rounds of 85 and 82 for a total of 167.  Ashley Stamper (JR/McDonough, GA) tied for 26th with rounds of 87 and 81, her best 18-hole round of the season, for a two-day total of 168, her best 36-hole total this season.  Meghan Keith (SR/Cedartown, GA) shot rounds of 88 and 82 and tied for 31st place with a two-round total of 170.  As seniors, Dawn, Lemieux, and Keith all played in their final collegiate tournaments at the Direct Qualifier.