Pine Mountain, Ga. – In the AAC/NAIA Direct Qualifier held at Callaway Gardens last week, the Bryan College Lions Women's Golf team fielded one of their strongest line-ups. The result on day two was that Bryan came within six strokes of their all-time team scoring record firing a strong 337 with five Lady Lions scoring in the 80's.
Graduating senior, Liz Albert, who is also an Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic and Champion of Character award winner for Bryan, recorded an 87. On the difficult par-5 ninth hole, Albert was able to hit the island green and set up a 20-foot eagle putt that was capitalized on. During the opening round, junior Christina Lee (JR/Loudon, Tenn.) made her first hole-in-one and finished the tournament with a pair of 89's for a two-day total of 178. She was the first Lady Lion to drain a hole in one over the last two seasons. With two standout players, Krista Reinhardt (SO/Tampa, Fla.) and Sarah Falcon (JR/San Angelo, Tex.), poised and determined to finish strong, their scores proved it as they produced an 80 and 82 for a 162 and an 84 to go along with a 81 to end at 165, respectively, which helped their team come within six strokes of their best team score at conference set four years ago.
Four members from the Lions team earned All-Academic honors: Liz Albert, Emily Hutson (FR/Oneida, Tenn.), Krista Reinhardt, and Harley Schronce (FR/Lincolnton, N.C.). To make the Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Milligan tallied a two-round score of 612 to win by four strokes over St. Andrews University. This marks the third year in a row Milligan has won the NAIA Direct Qualifier event as the Buffaloes advance to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, which is set for May 23-26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
In the top competition, St. Andrews finished second at 616 with SCAD Atlanta (640) taking third, Tennessee Wesleyan University (651) fourth, and Point University (653) fifth. Making up the rest of the field were: Truett McConnell University (676) sixth, Bryan College (687) seventh, Reinhardt University (716) eighth, Columbia College (726) ninth, Montreat College (763) 10th, and Union College did not finish.
"I am so proud of these girls," said Head Golf Coach, Peter Bollant. "I have seen each individual grow, mature, and demonstrate Christ both on and off the course. Despite a lot of challenges and adversity tossed our way, they never gave up. It was exciting to be standing right beside the green and watch Christina's ball roll in the hole! To come within just six strokes of our team record was a great way to cap off the year. I feel very blessed to coach these young ladies."
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