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Point University's Courtney Lowery begins play at the NAIA Women's Golf Championships in Florida, May 23
Women's Golf - Fri, May 12, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University golfer Courtney Lowery (JR/Greenville, GA) has been selected as an individual qualifier and will compete at the 23rd Annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women's Golf National Championships, hosted by Keiser University (Fla.) and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, at the PGA National-Fazio Course in Palm Beach Gardens, May 23-26, 2017.

 

Coached by Angela Ormsby, Lowery is part of a 161-player field, which consists of 18 automatic-qualifying teams, which won their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournaments, 12 at-large team berths and 11 individual qualifiers.

 

Lowery, the runner-up for the Appalachian Athletics Conference Player of the Year Award, placed first in three events, second in two and third once this season.  She won Appalachian Athletics Conference Player of the Week honors twice and was named NAIA National Player of the Week once and also received All-Tournament recognition at the NAIA-AAC Direct Qualifier and All-Conference first team and All-Conference Academic team honors.

 

She posted the Skyhawks' two best rounds of 18, a three-under par 68 and a two-under par 69, and won the SCAD-Atlanta Fall Invitational, Sept. 6-7, 2016.  She also owns Point's best 12 rounds on par 72 courses, including a two-under par 70 at the Skyhawk Invitational, March 13.  She averaged 75.78 strokes per round in 18 rounds and carried a 4.21 strokes-per-hole average.

 

NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:  First-round action at the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships at the PGA National-Fazio Course, begins Tuesday, May 23, at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, and second-round play begins Wednesday, May 24, at 10 a.m.  The third round on May 25 and final round on May 26, both begin at 7:30 a.m.  The tournament field is cut after 54 holes and reduced to the top 17 teams and top 40 individuals (including ties).

 

The women's golf championship was held for the previous two seasons at the Savannah Quarters County Club in Pooler, Ga.  The new venue, the PGA National-Fazio Course, opened in November, 2012, and is the newest on the PGA National Resort and Spa's property.  Formerly known as the "Haig" Course, Fazio is a reinvention of the previous 18-hole course which opened in 1980.  The course was originally designed by the Fazio brothers, and the renovations were directed by Tom Fazio II, in over to "modernize" the land.  With the renovations came a 70 per cent increase in green surface and moderated tee boxes and bunkers.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD:  After winning back-to-back titles and its third overall championship last season, Keiser University (Fla.) highlights the field with three returning NAIA All-American first team selections.  Also returning are national co-runner-up William Woods University (Mo.), which won its 14th consecutive American Midwest Conference title, and 2016 national runner-up SCAD-Savannah (Ga.), which claimed the number one at-large bid.  Oklahoma City University has won seven NAIA championships and University of British Columbia has won four.

 

The competition includes every team that finished in the top 10 at last season's championships: Keiser (number one); SCAD-Savannah and William Woods (tied for second); SCAD-Atlanta, University of Cumberlands and Texas Wesleyan (tied for fourth); Oklahoma City (number seven); Bellevue (Neb.) and South Carolina-Beaufort (tied for eighth); and Dalton State (Ga.), which placed tenth.

 

LINKS:

To learn more about NAIA Women's Golf, click here.

To learn more about the host, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, click here.

To learn more about the host, Keiser University, click here.

 
 
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