PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s golf team put on a great performance at the NAIA AAC Women’s Direct National Qualifier at Callaway Gardens Country Club finishing in second place. The Lady Knights set a new school record shooting a 305 in the first round.
As a team, the Lady Knights shot a 616 to finish just four strokes back of first-place Milligan College. With the victory, Milligan clinched the automatic bid to Nationals shooting a 612. The Lady Knights shot the second-best round each day firing a record 305 in round one and a 311 in round two.
Sophomore Lydia Randell tied for the lead after her 2-under-par 70 first round. Randell’s score broke senior Paige Hartman’s previous school record set in 2015. Randell fell a few shots back in the second round, shooting a 77 to finish with a 3-over-par 147 to tie for first with Milligan College’s Cassidy Gibson, who shot 70-77 as well. Gibson and Randell were declared co-individual champions for the tournament.
The Lady Knights sophomore led her team with seven birdies and was named to the All-Tournament team. She was also named to the All-Conference first team, which is a combination of regular season play, and the spring and fall championships.
Randell will represent the AAC and the Lady Knights at the NAIA National Championship at the LPGA National Course in West Palm Beach, Fla.
St. Andrews sophomore Briana Tibbetts came in fourth place shooting a 153 shooting after a first round 75 and a second round 78. Tibbetts had a team-best 23 pars. Senior Paige Hartman finished in eighth place shooting a 156 — with a first-round 77 and a second-round 79 to earn All-Conference second team honors.
Junior Olivia Pruitt finished in a tie for 17th with a 164 after rounds of 87 and a 77 in round two — a 10-stroke improvement — tying her with Randell for the St. Andrews best score of the day.
Sophomore Devon Omar shot rounds of 83 and 82 for a 165 to tie for 20th place as the Lady Knights had all five of their starters finish in the top 20 for the tournament.
The Lady Knights are next in action at the NAIA National Tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla. in late May.