LINCOLN, Neb. - The 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships are scheduled to get underway Tuesday from Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., at 7:30 a.m. CDT. The 19th annual event is a 72-hole stroke play tournament that will be played over the course of four days, concluding with the final round on Friday.
Olivet Nazarene University is making its first ever appearance at the NAIA National Championship. The Tigers captured the NAIA Super Regional title back on April 20, giving them an automatic bid to the National Championship.
Weather shortened the scheduled two-day tournament to a single round, winner takes all. The Tigers compiled a team total of 334 on the afternoon, 15 strokes ahead of the University of Saint Francis (Ill.). Ashford University (Iowa) finished third with a team total of 350, while Robert Morris University (Ill.) came in fourth with a 376.
Junior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) shot an 80 on the par 72 course to capture the top spot, beating out Maricar Nones of the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) by three strokes. Just one shot behind, tied for third, with matching 84’s were sophomore Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) and freshman Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.). Senior Gwen Holmes (Princeton, Ind.) finished tied for sixth at 86, while senior Nora Durkin (Peotone, Ill.) finished tied for tenth at 89.
Olivet is paired with British Columbia and Cumberlands University (Ky), set to tee off in the opening round at 8:20 a.m. (MST) on Tuesday, May 21. The three teams will have the 12:50 p.m. (MST) start on Tuesday for round two.
The field is comprised of 18 automatic qualifying teams from conferences/independents/unaffiliated group tournaments and nine at-large selections, which were determined using the final NAIA Women's Golf Top 25 Poll released May 9. Additionally, nine individuals earned a spot in the event as either a medalist at their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments or as an individual at-large selection or a 2012 All-Tournament returner.