Tarleton State steadily climbed the ladder from ninth after round one to fifth after Saturday's final round of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.

The TexAnns fired their best team score of the tournament - 309 - in Friday's third round, then fired their second 322 of the week on Saturday to finish in 1,291 strokes.

Tarleton was ninth after a round of 338 on Wednesday, but was at least 16 strokes better in the remaining thee rounds.

Jacqueline Lau was the only TexAnn to keep her differential from par in single digits all four days, finishing the event at 30-over par 318 and in a tie for 16th individually.

Sharon Lau was 33 over par, Jessica Pickwick was 38 over and Katy Ward was 39 over. Huckabay product Sarah Fulfer was 65 over.

Nova Southeastern (Fla.) won the national championship by 20 strokes, posting a team score of 82-over par 1,234. Florida Southern was second at 1,254, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) third at 1,273 and Barry (Fla.) fourth at 1,284.

Nova claimed three of the top four spots on the individual leaderboard and all of the top three spots amongst team players. Abbey Gittings won the individual title, posting a 10-over 298.

It was Tarleton's sixth straight trip to nationals after its record sixth consecutive West Region title. The TexAnns also won their fifth straight Lone Star Conference crown.

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