OSU’s Hedwall wins individual championshipOklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall finished at 12-under par Friday to win the individual championship at the NCAA Women’s Golf Tournament in Wilmington, N.C. She is the first female golfer in OSU history to win the individual championship. Hedwall trailed Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State for most of the tournament at Country Club of Landfall. But Hedwall shot a 68 on Friday and finished with a 276 total. Johnson finished in second place, four shots behind Hedwall. The champion patiently hung around the 18th green for nearly 2 hours while Johnson finished her round with bogeys on two of her final four holes. "She had to finish really well to beat me,” Hedwall said. The native of Sweden said she will likely quit playing college golf and attempt to make the LPGA Tour. Hedwall will play an amateur schedule the rest of the summer. Megan McChrystal of LSU fired an NCAA-record 8-under-par-64 on Friday. The previous record was 65. Purdue won the team championship by one stroke over USC.
STARS WIN NAIA MEN’S TITLEOklahoma City University returned to the podium as NAIA men’s golf champion. The Stars shot a tournament-low 288 on Friday and clinched the program’s seventh national title. OCU unseated defending champion Oklahoma Christian, which finished in second place, five strokes behind at TPC-Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Oklahoma City’s other men’s golf championships came in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. Justin Lower of Malone (Ohio) was medalist. He finished the 72-hole tournament with a 4-under-par 280. He finished six shots ahead of Brett Quitiquit of Madonna (Mich.). Julian Valenciana of OCU tied for third place with Armando Villarreal of Texas Wesleyan; they were eight shots behind the medalist. Michael Palmer struggled through the first three rounds, but he had a team-low 70 on Friday for Oklahoma City. He finished tied for 48th place in the individual standings. Southern Nazarene, which contended early on, finished in eighth place.
OSU MEN TRAIL BY 3Oklahoma State trailed by three strokes after the second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Southeast Regional in Alpharetta, Ga. The Cowboys, behind Peter Uihlein and Morgan Hoffman, trailed first-place Clemson by three shots on Crapapple Course. OSU has a 4-over-par 564 for the tournament. Uihlein, who was tied for first place going into Friday’s play, fell into a second-place tie. He shot a 70 and was 2-under 138 for the tournament. Uihlein is one stroke behind leader Robbie Fillmore of Brigham Young. Hoffman is tied for fifth place overall. He had an OSU-best 69 on Friday and is three shots out of the lead. The final round is today.
ELSEWHERE. . .The Oklahoma City University women’s golf team begins its defense of five consecutive NAIA championships on Tuesday at the Meadowbrook Course in Rapid City, S.D. ... Cameron finished 12th in the NCAA Division II Men’s Tournament in Noblesville, Ind. Peter Svajlen led Cameron individuals. He finished in eighth place. ... Oklahoma’s only representative in the NCAA Men’s Tournament, Ben Blundell, is tied for 44th place in the West Regional in Bremerton, Wash. He is 7-over 151 for the tournament. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
OSU’s Hedwall wins individual championship