POOLER, Ga.—The No. 5-ranked William Woods University women’s golf team hits the course today at the NAIA National Championship in Georgia, as the Owls will tee off at 12:30 p.m., with No. 14-ranked Indiana Tech and Lewis-Clark State.
The Owls, are coming off a dominating performance at the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Championship, in its last time out, as they collected their 12th consecutive AMC title, after scoring a tournament record 10-over par 586 (296-290), to win by 57-strokes.
All five WWU golfers, finished one through five on the leaderboard and were led by freshman Celia Mansour, who won her first conference championship, after shooting a 2-under par 142. At the end of the tournament, Mansour was named to the All-AMC team, along with earning AMC Freshman and Player of the Year honors.
Junior Myriam Hassan (79-70) and freshman Katie Warren, both tied for second, as they totaled a 5-over par 149, while Jodie Peacock, finished in fourth, as she hit her way to a 6-over par 150 (74-76). Megan Cullen, meanwhile, shot her way to a fifth place finish, as she ended with a 7-over par 151 (75-76).
Joining Mansour on the All-AMC team, included Hassan, Peacock, Warren, Cullen and Andrea Agniel. Head coach Barry Doty added to his already stellar resume, picking up AMC Coach of the Year honors.
WWU finished the year with a scoring average of 299.17, which made the Owls the first NAIA women’s team to average better than 300 on the year, while also, they broke its own school scoring record by over 10-strokes.
Those same five golfers, in Mansour, Hassan, Warren, Peacock and Cullen, will look to display a strong showing over the next four days and have hopes of bringing the program’s first National Championship.
Mansour, a Toulouse, France, native, finished the year with an average score of 72.47 in 15 rounds played on the course. The freshman won three tournaments on the year, while finishing in the top-10 in four others, including ending up in second in two other tournaments consecutively.
Hassan, a junior, ended with an average score of 74.67 in 18 rounds played. She finished in the top-10 in eight tournaments on the year, while earning one victory at the William Woods University Fall Invitational, as she scored a 6-under par 138 (71-67). Hassan is heading to Nationals for the third straight year, as she is coming off a personal-best fourth place finish last season, after totaling a 12-over par 300.
Warren, another member of the top freshman class in the NAIA, had an average score of 20 rounds played and won two tournaments on the year, which were the CMU Fall Eagle Open and the Washington University Spring Invite.
Peacock, meanwhile, played in 14 rounds, won the Challenge at Dalhousie, finished in the top five four other times, which earned her an average score of 76.21. Peacock, will be making her third consecutive appearance at Nationals, after she finished in 13th place last year, as she scored a 17-over par 305.
Cullen, a Morecambe, England, native, had an impressive freshman year, collecting a top-10 finish in eight of the 10 tournaments, including ending up in eighth place on four different occasions. Her best finish on the year was at the Owls Spring Invite, as she shot her way to third place.
Last year at Nationals, the Owls finished in fourth place, after shooting an 82-over par 1234 (307-317-311-299).
Fans make sure to stay updated on wwuowls.com tomorrow night for a full first round recap and scores.