AUSTIN — Led by freshman phenom Shraddhanjali Singh, the No. 13 Tarleton State TexAnns won the NCAA Division II West Regional golf tournament by four strokes Wednesday.
The golf regional championship was the first in school history.
Tarleton had a one-stroke edge after the first round Monday, and never trailed from that point on. Singh finished one stroke over par (217) after the three-day event at The Golf Club at Circle C to finish in first place. She carded the tournament’s two best rounds, shooting a 70 Monday and 72 Tuesday, and won by six strokes.
Tarleton Athletics Director Lonn Reisman said he was “absolutely ecstatic,” and praised head coach Jerry Doyle on the “outstanding job” he has done in building the team into a national contender.
“This is the furthest that our golf program has ever (advanced),” Reisman said.
Tarleton (923) edged conference rival Northeastern State (927), who finished second. Hosts St. Edward’s finished third with a score of 930.
Kerri Self finished sixth overall, with a 13-over score of 229. She followed up a first-day score of 80 with rounds of 73 and 76.
Tarleton’s Alesha Hurt and Lauren Martinez both finished in the top 20. Hurt’s three-day total of 239 was 23-over par and landed her in a tie for 17th. Her best round was Monday, when she shot a 74.
Martinez tied for 20th with a 25-over par 241. She shot a 79 both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jodi Neal finished the tournament with her best round, shooting a 79. She finished 32nd with a 35-over par 251.
The win allows the TexAnns to advance to the Elite Eight at Stonebrook Golf Club in Pensacola, Fla. That tournament begins Wednesday, May 9.
With this championship, the women’s golf program joins women’s tennis and men’s basketball in advancing to the Elite Eight. The win sends a message that Tarleton’s athletics department as a whole is headed toward national prominence, Reisman said.