Texas -- Eighty-seven golfers - 48 men and 39 women - are set to tee
off on Monday (April 16) at the 2012 American
Southwest Conference Golf Championships being played over two days for
the first time at Crown Colony Country Club, the league office announced
event, in its 16th year, will feature nine men's teams (top-seeded
Texas-Tyler, followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor,
Texas Lutheran, Schreiner, Concordia Texas, LeTourneau, Hardin-Simmons,
Texas-Dallas and Louisiana College); three men's individuals
(Mississippi College's Ethan Doan and Griffin Burk, and McMurry's
Garrett Betts); eight women's squads (top-seeded Mary Hardin-Baylor,
followed by Texas-Tyler, Schreiner, Concordia Texas, Texas Lutheran,
McMurry, Hardin-Simmons and Texas-Dallas); and one women's individual
(LeTourneau's Candice Nishimura).
are pleased to welcome the America Southwest Conference Championships,"
Crown Colony Head Golf Professional Ben
Burns said. "We look forward to watching some of the best NCAA Division
III golfers in the country compete on one of the best golf courses in
the state of Texas."
start times are set for 8:30 a.m. each day. The men are scheduled for
54 holes (36 on Monday, 18 on Tuesday),
while the women will play 36 holes (18 each day) at the par-72 course.
Each championship team will earn the conference's automatic bid to the
NCAA Division III Golf Championships.
the second straight year, live video coverage with audio will be
available. Fans can access a live stream each day
from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and also during the entire post-tournament
awards ceremony on Tuesday (approximately 1:30 p.m.). The website link
to access the stream can be found on TLU's Stretch Internet Portal (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/tlu.portal#).
the men's side, Texas Lutheran enters as the defending champion. The
Bulldogs, guided by head coach H.C. Tran and
assistant Jason York, put together rounds of 314, 307 and 302 for a 923
total and a 14-stroke victory over runner-up Texas-Tyler on par-71 Ram
Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. UT
Tyler's Jacob Walsh, now a senior, won the individual
crown after a two-hole playoff with TLU's Ryan Kiel. They were each
11-over-par after 54 holes.
senior Spencer Rothluebber returns along with Walsh after earning first
team all-conference honors last season.
Both are two-time all-conference golfers, having made the second team in
2010. TLU sophomore Chance Cathey, Schreiner junior Andy Bell and UMHB
sophomore Robby Schimmels are also back after putting together second
team all-conference performances in 2011.
Hardin-Baylor is the defending women's champion. The Lady Cru, guided
by eight-time ASC coach of the year Darla
Kirby, carded a 329-324--653 for a five-stroke victory over runner-up
McMurry on par-72 Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort in
Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Schreiner's Gabby Rosales, now a junior, won the
Mountaineers first individual title after recording
is the lone first team all-conference performer returning from 2011.
Schreiner senior Sarah Stillwell, Mary
Hardin-Baylor sophomore Kelly Gonyea and McMurry junior Courtney Norton
are back after putting together second team all-conference scores.
Stillwell was a first-team selection in 2010 as well as LeTourneau's
Colony will also be the site of the 2013 ASC Golf Championships. .. . . Mary
has won the most combined conference titles with 12 (eight for the
women, four for the men) and the most combined individual crowns with
seven (five for the women, three for the men). . . . At the national
level last season, the Texas Lutheran
men went on to finish a conference-record third place, while the Mary
Hardin-Baylor women finished 14th and the Texas-Tyler women were 16th.
Now-graduated Leslie Lee of LeTourneau competed as an individual. . . .
This year's national events are set for May
15-18 for the men (Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills,
Fla.) and May 8-11 for the women (Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.). .
. . Crown Colony's address is 900 Crown Colony Drive; Lufkin, Texas,
75901, while its website is: www.crown-colony.com.
. . . Official short-sleeved tournament T-shirts will be available for
$15, while souvenir program sheets will be $1 (both cash only). . . .
.Spectator carts will be available for $20 per day (cash or credit
only). . . . Official tournament scorer will be Texas
Lutheran Sports Information Director Tim Clark. . . . Official tournament
athletic trainer is Mississippi College Head Athletic Trainer Matt Verret.
. . . Clark, Verret
and ASC Assistant Commissioner Greg Weghorst will be on the call for the
live video coverage. . . . Texas-Tyler Sports Information Student Assistant Jeff Williford
will serve as press conference coordinator.
--To talk about/get updates throughout the ASC Golf Championships on the conference's
Twitter (@ASC_sports): #ASCgolf
2012 AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 16-17 (Practice Rounds: April 15)
Crown Colony Country Club (Par 72)
Men: 54 holes (36-18) / Women: 36 holes (18-18)
(2) Mary Hardin-Baylor
(3) Texas Lutheran
(5) Concordia Texas
(9) Louisiana College
Ethan Doans, Mississippi College
Garret Betts, McMurry
Griffin Burk, Mississippi College
(1) Mary Hardin-Baylor
(4) Concordia Texas
(5) Texas Lutheran
Candice Nishimura, LeTourneau