Rogers State women’s golf’s Jessica Green claimed the individual championship at the NCAA D2 Central Region Championships on Wednesday at St. Joseph Country Club, leading the Hillcats to a second-place finish overall. With the runner-up finish, Rogers State qualifies for the NCAA D2 National Championships next week.
Green led nearly wire-to-wire in the tournament and held the clubhouse lead all three days of the event. Green was the only player in the 49-golfer field to finish under par and the junior won by eight shots.
After a school and course record on Monday, Green shot the fourth-best round of the day on both Tuesday and Wednesday as she maintained a large lead in the individual standings. On Wednesday, Green carded a 74 to double her four-shot lead entering the round.
Green had three birdies on the day and also scored 10 pars to lead the Hillcats in scoring for the third-consecutive day. Green led the tournament field with 12 birdies over three days and finished the tournament at -1.
The Hillcats finished the event at +60 after shooting a 309 in the final round. Rogers State finished five shots off of team winner Arkansas Tech. Rogers State finished the tournament 12 shots ahead of third place Northeastern State and 14 shots ahead of Central Missouri and Henderson State, who tied for fourth.
By securing a top-three finish, Rogers State earned a spot in the NCAA National Championship. The top three teams and the top here individuals not on the top three teams earned a bid to the national championship event.
Joining Green in the top five overall was freshman Marelda Ayal, who scored the second-best round of the day for the Hillcats all three days. Ayal finished with a 73 on the final day, scoring three birdies in her round as she finished at +3 to climb one spot in the standings after starting the day in a tie for 6th.
Sydney Murray finished third for the Hillcats on the final day, posting a tournament best round of 76 for the senior. Murray had 10 pars on the round and closed both the front nine and the back nine with birdies. Murray climbed to a tie for 29th for the tournament, finishing at +25 over three days.
Jaelynn Unger wrapped up the scoring for the Hillcats on day three, as she carded an 84. Unger struggled early, shooting +9 over the first 10 holes, but Unger settled in and shot +3 over the final eight holes. Unger wrapped up the tournament at +28 in a tie for 36th.
Mariana Flores wrapped up the day for the Hillcats. Murray shot an 85 to close the tournament. Flores finished with a 43rd place finish at +30 for the week.
The Hillcats are set to return to action on Tuesday with the opening round of the NCAA D2 Women’s Golf National Championships at the TPC Michigan course in Dearborn, Michigan outside of Detroit.