Dayton, Tenn. – During the 2015-2016 fall and spring seasons, a great rivalry has been developing in Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Golf between Milligan College's (Tenn.) Cassidy Gibson, the reigning AAC Women's Champion, and Bryan Lion's freshman, Krista Reinhardt (FR/Valrico, Fla.). The two have battled round after round in the fall and spring championships, and in each contest only a stroke or two have separated them.
The neck-and-neck play proved no different in the AAC Championship, which was held at the Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, S.C. on Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 11-12). Gibson was the fall champion and entered the spring leading the season series by four strokes.
Gibson and Reinhardt battled it out again this week as they came to the final hole on Tuesday tied for the lead. Again, Gibson prevailed on the last hole, and Krista finished the spring AAC Championship in second place, which locked her position as a First Team All-AAC member. Reinhardt ended the tournament at 78 and 79=157.
The final tournament of the year, which is taking place at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. April 25-26, is the AAC National Qualifier where she has one last opportunity to claim the AAC Women's Player of the Year honor. Reinhardt is the first Bryan Lion since Audrey Nelson ('11-'12) to come as close to winning the AAC Conference Championship, and she is the first player to accomplish this feat as a first year freshman. Sophomore Christina Lee (SO/Loudon, Tenn.) fired her personal best 88 on Day 1 and finished the tournament in 35th place, followed by junior Liz Albert in 44th and freshman Megan Clarkson (FR/Greenback, Tenn.) in 48th place.
For more information about Bryan Lions Women's Golf, visit their page bryanlions.com/wgolf.