Pine Mountain, Ga. – Krista Reinhardt (FR/Valrico, Fla.) entered the NAIA AAC Direct Qualifier at the Callaway Gardens Lakeview Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. as the No. 2 player in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. She needed a win to unseat the reigning AAC champion, Cassidy Gibson of Milligan College (Tenn.), and advance to the national tournament.
Krista fired an opening round 81 on Day 1 to trail tournament leader, Ashley Madden of SCAD by 6 strokes and Cassidy Gibson by 4 strokes. On Day 2, Krista shot a strong 78 to finish at 159, but it wasn't enough to catch Cassidy, who fired a second day 75 to widen her margin of victory. Krista ended in 3rd place overall in the AAC race for the top player of the year and landed on the All-AAC First Team (top-5 players of the AAC). Krista also finished as the top freshman in conference, so the future looks bright for the young Lady Lions.
Christina Lee (SO/Loudon, Tenn.) pieced together an opening Day 1 score of 87 as a personal best to finish in 37th place. Liz Albert worked her way to 46th place, and Megan Clarkson (FR/Greenback, Tenn.) managed to slide in at 48th. The Lady Lions concluded the year on a positive note with impressive finishes in the final tournaments.
Head Lions Golf Coach, Peter Bollant commented, "We are excited going into next season with the improvement we saw from some of our players. The addition of signing several great players for next year, we expect to be near the top of the AAC. With new incoming players: Sarah Falcon, Helen Busch, Shelbi Tacon, Emily Hutson, and Harley Schronce coming in next fall, the strength of our team will only grow. They, along with the improved players from this year's team, provides us hope for the fall 2015."