With an four-under par effort on Wednesday, the Middle Tennessee women’s golf program cruised to its second consecutive Conference USA title on the final day at the Verandah Club in Fort Myers.
The Blue Raiders fired a team score of 284 in round three, the best round of the tournament by any team, to finish 13 strokes clear of Old Dominion with a three-day total of 12-over par (296-296-284=876).
The Blue Raiders finished the tournament in dominating fashion, logging 10 birdies as a team in the final four holes of the competition to pull away to a commanding lead late in the final round.
“I’m still in a daze after all of those birdies we had at the end,” head coach Chris Adams said. “Still in a little bit of shock. It’s just an amazing feeling to win the conference again.
“It was kind of hard to keep track of the scores out there and I really had no idea where we were down the stretch but I knew it was going to be close. I knew all we had to do was stick to the plan because we love the back nine and have made a lot of birdies there. We just had to stay patient.”
The C-USA Championship is not only Middle’s second in two years, but is the second conference title in the history of the program, which has consistently climbed the national rankings under the direction of Adams.
The title also means the Blue Raiders are headed to their second NCAA Regional on May 5-7 after appearing in the St. George, Utah, Regional a season ago. This season’s NCAA Regional sites are Shoal Creek, Ala., Baton Rouge, La., Bryan, Texas and Stanford, Calif.