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.