GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Ottawa University Arizona women's golf team hosted Biola University on Friday afternoon for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) West Regional; with the winner claiming the automatic berth to Nationals. Biola defeated OUAZ by 36 strokes to claim the bid.
It was a grueling Friday for the OUAZ women's golf team. The Spirit were faced with the tough task of playing 36 holes in 90 plus degree heat, with only a 60 minute break in-between rounds.
The Spirit came out strong in the first round of action, sticking close with Biola University. After 18 holes of golf, OUAZ trailed the Eagles from Biola by a score of 317 to 308.
In the second round, the Eagles soared away from the Spirit as heat began to play a factor in the match. As a team Biola shot a score of 310 in the second round, while OUAZ finished with a 337.
Individually for OUAZ, Kayli Melissa (FR/Qualicum Beach, British Columb) led the way with a total score of 158; 14 stokes over par. Melissa finished in 4th place individually. Madison Tjaden (JR/IL) finished in a tie for sixth place, with a score of 164; 20 strokes over par. Mariola Szmit (FR) finished 8th, Katie Fyall (SO/Whitefish, MT) finished 9th, and Natasha Stasiuk (FR/Oakville, Ontario, Canada) finished in 10th place. Payton Maricle (FR) competed as a medalist on Friday and finished 11th.
Jules Loibl from Biola University claimed the individual title on Friday, finishing with a total score of 150; six strokes over par. Loibl shot a first round 73 and a second round of 77.
On the men's side OUAZ was also set to host Biola University on Friday, however the Eagles decided against playing in the regional. Following the Spirit's first place finish at the California State Intercollegiate two weeks back, OUAZ qualified for the NCCAA West Region's bid to Nationals. The Spirit will head east to Palm Coast, Florida for the NCCAA National Championships from October 23rd to the 25th.
The OUAZ men and women return to action on October 9th and 10th at the Embry-Riddle Fall Invite in Prescott, Arizona. It will be the final tune-up for the Spirit men prior to Nationals.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity within a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; as well as online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.
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