VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds could not make up any ground on the final day of the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship finishing seventh overall. Oklahoma City University won in dramatic fashion for the second straight year, defeating SCAD Savannah (Ga.) in a playoff at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
First-year player Winnie Hyun led the Thunderbirds finishing tied for 13th overall. She finished at 17-over par for the tournament (79-77-72-77), 14 shots behind the winner, Alazne Urizar from SCAD Savannah. Urizar shot a final round 1-under (71) to win by on stroke. Hyun was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team.
Stephanie Wong, who was in the hunt through the first two rounds, fell off the pace on Thursday and Friday wrapping up the tournament with an 83 today. The third-year player finished tied for 28th at 25-over (73-77-80-83).
Kat Kennedy completed here first ever NAIA Women’s Golf Championship in a tie for 34th at 26-over (73-78-80-77).
It was a tough tournament for both Valentina Trillo and Casara Hong. Trillo finished in 77th at 54-over (83-96-83-80), while Hong, who is in her fourth-year, was 80th overall (86-88-84-89) at 59-over.
Over the last five seasons, UBC has won the championship twice, finished second once, in sixth one, and this year in seventh.
Oklahoma City University won the school’s seventh NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship needing a playoff to defeat SCAD Savannah. The Stars five shots back of the Bees heading into the 18th hole. An eagle in the final pairing for Oklahoma City University would tie the two teams and send the championship to a playoff. Oklahoma City won on the first playoff hole to make it back-to-back championships.